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According to ESPN Radio’s “NBA Today” podcast, the Heat offered Michael Beasley to the Nets for Keyon Dooling but were turned down by Nets GM Rod Thorn. ranked him the top player in the 2007 High School class. Scouts were salivating over his versatile game. He has the ability to be a finesse and powerful player. In his one season at Kansas State Beasley was a straight up beast. He averaged 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds. He had 28 double-doubles and 3-40 point games.

Beasley was the 2nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft but has not lived up to his potential yet. Last season he averaged 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds. However he shot just 27% from 3.  In his first playoff series he struggled vs Boston. Despite scoring in double-figures in Games 2,3,4 he scored 6 points in Game 1 and 2 points in Game 5.

He is just 21 years old and has a relatively cheap contract that will pay him $4.9 million next season. He has a $6.2 million player option the season after followed by a qualifying offer in 2012/2013. With his off-the court issues and streaky play I could see why the Heat would want to trade him. He checked in drug rehab last August and was fined $50,000 from the league. I can see why Thorn would not be interested in this trade.

Dooling has a $3.8 million team option for the upcoming season. He started 8 games this past season and averaged 10.4 points and 5.4 assists. The 30 year old played with the Heat in 2004/2005. The Nets will likely cut him before the 29th which means they do not want to take on the extra salary from Beasley. The Nets have the third overall pick in the upcoming draft and have Yi and Terrence Williams on the roster who have have similar styles of play. With the draft pick the Nets are looking to select Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins who are both power forwards. The Nets could also make a play for one of the upcoming free agents.

If Beasley wants to approach the 20 point level he needs to improve his shot selection  and be more aggressive at the rim, He made 65% of his shot attempts at the rim compared to 32% from 10-15 feet and 39% from 16-23 feet. At Kanasas State he shot 39.5% from 3 which shows he has the range.  It will be interesting to see if  this rumor is true and if the Heat continue to shop Beasley.

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