Heat ship Beasley to T’wolves for draft pick

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

MINNEAPOLIS — Mo­ments af­ter LeBron James told the world he was headed to Mi­ami, the Heat set to work to make way for the King.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the deal said the Heat have agreed to send for­ward Michael Beasley to the Tim­ber­wolves for Min­nesota’s 2011 sec­ond-round pick and a swap of fu­ture first-round picks.

The Heat wanted to clear more cap room when James made his an­nounce­ment Thurs­day night that he was join­ing Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The deal en­sures that the Heat can pay all three stars and add some sup­port­ing cast to make a run at the ti­tle.

With Beasley gone, the Heat now have just one player, point guard Mario Chalmers, of­fi­cially on the ros­ter. James, Bosh and Wade have yet to sign their con­tracts.

Beasley was the No. 2 over­all draft choice in 2008 but hasn’t lived up to the billing yet. He av­er­aged 14.8 points and 6.2 re­bounds last sea­son for the Heat.

It’s be­lieved Mike Miller is at the top of Mi­ami’s wish list, and his ac­qui­si­tion would likely be sup­ported by Wade, who has raved about Miller’s play be­fore.

Free agent Bon­ner to re-sign with Spurs

SAN AN­TO­NIO — Matt Bon­ner reached a ten­ta­tive agree­ment to re­turn to the San An­to­nio Spurs next sea­son.

Bon­ner, 30, be­came a free agent this sum­mer af­ter four sea­sons with the Spurs. He av­er­aged seven points per game off the bench last sea­son as their three-point With the ad­di­tions of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Mi­ami’s Michael Beasley, above, was made ex­pend­able — and shipped to Min­nesota. spe­cial­ist, hit­ting 39 per­cent from be­hind the arc.

Else­where ...

A per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion says Kyle Korver is fol­low­ing Car­los Boozer from Utah to Chicago af­ter agree­ing to sign with the Bulls. Korver is a ca­reer 41 per­cent three-point shooter who av­er­aged 7.2 points last sea­son.

The Char­lotte Bob­cats made a long-term com­mit­ment to for­ward Tyrus Thomas, com­ing to terms on a five-year, $40 mil­lion con­tract with the re­stricted free agent.

As ex­pected, the New York Knicks sent All-Star for­ward David Lee to Golden State in a sign-and-trade deal. For­wards An­thony Ran­dolph, Ke­lenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf go to the Knicks.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, the top pick in the draft, was held out of prac­tice Fri­day morn­ing with a groin in­jury from Thurs­day night’s ses­sion.

Eric Gay AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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