Apparently, 6-10 forwards who can score with both hands, rebound and play on the perimeter aren’t worth what they used to be these days. Just ask Pat Riley of the Miami Heat
. Riley seems bound and determined to get a guard with Miami’s high pick. It’s fairly obvious questions about Beasley’s immaturity
have soured the ex-University of Kentucky guard on the K-State prospect.
Instead, rumors are abound Riley prefers the squeaky-clean O.J. Mayo over Beasley. However, it doesn’t appear as if he’s ready to use the second overall pick to acquire him. Now it looks like Riley is shopping the second pick in hopes of securing either Mayo or Jerryd Bayless with a later lottery pick.
So wait. Am I to infer Pat Riley finds these guards to be better basketball prospects that Michael Beasley? The kid who, as a Kansas State Wildcat, just put 28 double-doubles on the board, along with three games where he scored over 40 points? As if that’s not enough, he also had 13 30-point games.
For what it’s worth, it looks like Riley isn’t too fond of Shawn Marion either because ESPN’s report mentions the Matrix’ name when talking about Miami’s potential trade bait.
Funny, I always thought Riley was a coach who likes having strong front lines.
In other NBA Draft news, it appears as if the Cleveland LeBrons are in trying to convince the Indiana Pacers to trade them Jermaine O’Neal for Anderson Varejao and Wally Szczerbiak as well as the 19th overall pick — and with good reason. Today, Pacers team president Larry Bird indicated in the Indianapolis Star he’d like to secure another mid-first round pick. Something before the 20s. Again, the Cavaliers have pick number 19.
With that in mind, things have to look good for the Cavs but will O’Neal be the answer to LeBron’s dreams of having a legitimate threat as a sidekick? If O’Neal can stay off of the injured list, it may very well be the move LeBron has been looking for.