Heat ship Beasley to T’wolves for draft pick
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.
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.