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News » Miami Heat Roster Report 2009-06-30


Miami Heat Roster Report 2009-06-30


Miami Heat Roster Report 2009-06-30
DRAFT PICKS:

Patrick Beverley, G, 6-1, Ukraine/Arkansas (second round) -- Beverley, taken with the 43rd pick, played professionally in Ukraine last season, leaving Arkansas after his junior year. He's aggressive and can play both guard positions.

Robert Dozier, F, 6-9, Memphis (second round) -- There's a chance he plays in Europe next season. Miami believes he can play small forward although he was a power forward in college.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: Miami needs a backup point guard, a backup center and a starting small forward. But it has very little cash. It has about $69 million committed for next season and the projected luxury tax is $69.5 million. In other words, F Ron Artest is out of the picture. Look more for low-key players such as G Jannero Pargo, who could return from overseas.

PLAYER NEWS:

--F Michael Beasley is working to improve his small forward skills in hopes of being able to play both forward positions next season. Beasley has been at the arena working with the team, first doing specific things such as 1-on-1 skills and stepping out to take longer jumpers, and now working general things such as footwork and balance.

Ideally, Beasley would start at small forward for Miami, giving it a frontline of C Jermaine O'Neal, F Udonis Haslem and Beasley. If not, it looks as though Beasley would be a backup behind Haslem again.

--F Dorell Wright, who missed most of last season recovering from a knee injury, is a big key to Miami's plan to improve without spending money. Wright has the multi-talented skills to defend three positions, rebound and score in the open court. But either he hasn't delivered consistently when given the opportunity, or he's been injured. Well, he seems to be on the mend. G Mario Chalmers, who works out with Wright, reports Wright is getting back to his old self.

--C Jermaine O'Neal is working out at the arena and reports are he's doing well. Heat president Pat Riley said O'Neal had to have his knees drained "two or three times a week" last season. O'Neal was also slowed by a hip problem. Riley said he's hoping O'Neal has a summer similar to the one G Dwyane Wade had last year. Wade, of course, came back from knee and shoulder injuries to have the best season of his career.

MEDICAL WATCH:

No injuries to report.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 30, 2009

 

 
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