Michael Beasley and Greg Oden have taken turns on the active roster for the Miami Heat in the eastern conference finals playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, but neither has whiffed playing time. Oden came the closet to seeing the court in Game 5, when the lopsided nature of the score threatened to turn into a blowout and he might have seen garbage-time minutes. But the Pacers kept the fourth quarter close enough that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hesitated to pull his stars right up until the end. So the question now must be asked: are Beasley and Oden done?
Greg Oden was thought to have been signed by the Heat specifically to provide bulk against the Pacers. But even with Chris Birdman Andersen out for Game 5 with an injury, his minutes were all divvied up among other players and Oden still didn’t see action. Michael Beasley has apparently recovered from his minor injury at the regular season but has devolved into little more than a trivia question, with game announcers mentioning once per game that he’s still a member of the Heat when the camera happens to catch a glimpse of him on the sideline. With Miami set to face either the Spurs or the Thunder in the NBA Finals, both players have to hope that the matchups happen to favor their talents more than any of the Heat’s first three postseason opponents have so far. There is also the question of what happens next year.
Both players signed for the veteran minimum, and while neither has made significant contributions this season, neither has been more trouble than they’re worth. That alone is enough to expect that Oden and Beasley will both get another shot with the salary cap-strapped next season. But they could both be done for the postseason.