The Miami Heat washed their hands walked away managed to flip Michael Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the cap space that allowed the signing of Mike Miller. Three trips to the NBA Finals and two championships followed.

But there also are ties that bind. Expending the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft is one of those ties. So even after the gifted scorer left there were those continuing to pull for the combo forward.

They still are. Only now it's getting harder. Especially after this past week when Beasley was arrested in Scottsdale Ariz. on suspicion of marijuana possession at least the fourth known possession issue since Beasley entered the league out of Kansas State one pick after Derrick Rose.

No this is not a referendum on marijuana an issue better debated elsewhere. It is however a continuing case study of how maturation cannot be assumed how stunted growth can short-circuit so many other possibilities.

With Beasley still under investigation for sexual-assault claims made in Scottsdale in January the final straw might be at hand. Already there is speculation of the Phoenix Suns moving past Beasley a year after signing him to a three-year $18 million contract last summer.