Heat sign Michael Beasley to second 10-day contract

Michael Beasley (30) has averaged 10.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 23.6 minutes in six games with the Miami Heat this season.

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The Miami Heat announced Sunday the re-signing of forward Michael Beasley to a second 10-day contract.

Beasley originally signed with the Heat on Feb. 26 in his third stint with the team after a successful stay in China with the Shanghai Sharks. He spent his first two pro seasons with Miami after he was drafted by the team in 2008 with the second overall pick and returned as a reserve player last season.

With the loss of Chris Bosh for the season, the Heat turned to a familiar face for help with scoring and to add more size on the bench. Beasley has exceeded expectations over the course of his first six games by averaging 10.5 points, 4.2 rebounds and 23.6 minutes. He is shooting 44.6 percent from the field and has shown overall improvement on both ends of the floor.

His ability to defend multiple positions in addition to his offensive talents has benefitted the Heat with multiple players in and out of the lineup during his first 10 days with the team.

In his last two games, Beasley has been a key second-half player in helping Miami erase substantial double-digit deficits. He scored 13 points, all in the fourth quarter, in their eventual loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday and followed that up the next day with a season-high 18 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block in Miami’s 114-109 overtime win versus the Sacramento Kings.

Per league rules, teams are limited to signing a player to two 10-day contracts before they must either be signed for the duration of the season or released.

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