June 25, 2010
The first time I ever met Kelly Dwyer he played a guitar in a bar and tried to avoid a drunken Sharon Stone look-a-like, then we talked about whether the Bulls should draft Derrick Rose(notes) or Michael Beasley(notes). It's kind of hard to believe now, but way back in 2008, it was a serious conversation. Oh, to be young again.
Nowadays, if someone were to pose you that question, you would laugh and explain that Beasley isn't even a top-5 player from that year's draft at this point, then go back to enjoying your quesadillas. There's no better way to understand how far Beasley has fallen in the NBA eyes than to realize what teams were offering the Heat for Beasley during Friday night's draft. From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Ira Winderman:
[The] buzz emanating from the draft continued to offer indications that [Pat] Riley, two years after selecting the former Kansas State standout, is seeking to open the cap space the forward otherwise would occupy next season.
Personnel sources from several teams said Beasley was in play Thursday, with many of the permutations offering the Heat little more than cap space in return.
Yeah, that's not a lot of stuff to be offered, I don't think. You can trade Kirk Hinrich's big contract for significant cap relief and it's pretty chill, but when you're getting just $5 million in additional space for a guy you drafted two years ago, there's some sadness to be had. On the bright side, at least he's not Joe Alexander(notes).
I don't know if you guys are interested in this crazy idea I just had, but I thought I'd throw it out there — we trade for Michael Beasley. Everybody chips in a few bucks, we mail it to the Heat in a duct-taped manila envelope and any time one of us has a rec-league game, Beasley will show up and dominate. It works perfectly. The Heat get some extra cash, we get a guy that can really swing amateur games, and Michael Beasley doesn't have to worry about trying hard. It's a win-win-win. There's enough of us. Just mail me your money and I'll take care of the rest.