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News » Miami Heat Roster Report 2008-08-29

Miami Heat Roster Report 2008-08-29

Miami Heat Roster Report 2008-08-29

Michael Beasley, F, 6-8, Kansas State -- The second overall pick is a superb talent, possibly the most talented player in the draft. He should make a big contribution.

Mario Chalmers, G, 6-1, Kansas -- Nice player acquired in draft-night trade with Minnesota. He should contend for minutes at backup point guard. Not likely to enter the season as the starter, but a solid addition.

BIGGEST NEEDS: Miami has to get a point guard and a center. And more specifically at center, Miami needs someone who can rebound and defend the rim. Most likely the Heat has to go the free agent route at both positions. But there are trade possibilities with F Shawn Marion, who is in the final year of his $17.8 million contract. Heat president Pat Riley continues to insist Marion will be on the team for training camp, and that Miami will try to negotiate and extension.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: Miami still seeks a starting point guard and starting center. But everything could depend on what the Heat does with F Shawn Marion. He's attractive trade bait to acquire a pair of quality players. But he's also a uniquely talented player who could help Miami tremendously. The problem is there's not much of a future for Marion in Miami because of his desire for a contract extension.

"We made him what we felt was a very good offer," Heat president Pat Riley said, "and we never got an offer back."

Depth seems to be OK for now, although a seasoned veteran or two could be needed. F Dorell Wright will return and G Chris Quinn likely will return to provide depth at small forward and point guard. G Marcus Banks also provides depth at point guard, as does rookie G Mario Chalmers.

Miami has to decide if it wants to offer swingman Ricky Davis a contract. He'd add excellent depth, too. G Daequan Cook offers depth at shooting guard, although Davis is the better choice the way the roster stands now.

If Miami finds a starting center it has veteran Mark Blount as a backup, which is good. And if the roster stays in its current form, either Michael Beasley or Udonis Haslem could come off the bench, providing even more depth.

And C Alonzo Mourning is still trying to rehabilitate his serious knee injury.


--G Jason Williams signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.

--F Michael Beasley has been busy traveling around the nation recently. He hasn't signed an endorsement deal with an athletic company yet (hence the traveling) and said he isn't in a rush to do so.

--F Dorell Wright, a restricted free agent, was re-signed by the team on Aug. 21. The Heat offered Wright a tender months ago, and Wright finally decided to sign it.

--G Chris Quinn, an unrestricted free agent, has had a few offers but his return to Miami isn't certain. Quinn is a restricted free agent who has been tendered an offer by the Heat.

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