The Heat did the expected by taking Kansas State forward Michael Beasley with the No. 2 pick in the draft. So much for all the chatter about Miami being interested in USC's O.J. Mayo and Arizona's Jerryd Bayless.Miami also traded with Minnesota to acquire Kansas guard Mario Chalmers, the Timberwolves' second-round pick (No. 34 overall). The Heat picked Kansas forward Darnell Jackson with the 52nd overall selection and traded him to Cleveland for a second-round pick in 2009.
In Beasley, the 6-8 power forward from Kansas State, the Heat got an excellent talent who also can play small forward. But this decision wasn't a slam dunk. Heat president Pat Riley said he was tempted to "multiply" the pick, meaning trade it for multiple players.
"In the end, the people who I listen to about personnel more than anybody else got me in a room and made sure Mr. Beasley was going to be a part of the Miami Heat," Riley said, referring to his staff of general manager Randy Pfund, vice president of player personnel Chet Kammerer, and Adam Simon, director of college/international scouting.
Beasley said he tried to ignore the rumor mill that churned strongly in the days leading up to the draft.
"I tried not to pay attention to any of it," he said. "But it wouldn't go away."
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he found the rumors the Heat would trade Beasley "humorous." Spoelstra said "for the last four or five weeks we decided it was him (Beasley)."
According to the NBA calendar, that means Miami decided on Beasley sometime between when it got the No. 2 pick in the lottery (May 20) and the pre-draft camp in Orlando (May 27-30).
Now, Miami has to sort out its logjam at forward. Riley said the Heat could field a lineup that has Dwyane Wade at shooting guard, Shawn Marion at small forward, Beasley at power forward and Udonis Haslem at center.
Spoelstra, while not naming that lineup specifically, said he could see things working out with Marion, Beasley and Haslem.
"There's trends in the league," Spoelstra said. "Really, right now it's about getting your best players on the court."
SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Not many. Perhaps securing the worst record in the league. Seriously. It assures a top-four pick and helps move along the rebuilding process.
TURNING POINT: The November practice run-in between coach Pat Riley and former center Shaquille O'Neal. Alonzo Mourning had to intervene before it got physical. It was at that point the relationship between Riley and O'Neal hit the breaking point. That led to the February trade that brought Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks and signaled the Heat was giving up on the season.