How Does Marion Staying Put Affect the Draft?
As you may or may not have heard, while Shawn Marion and the Heat have not agreed to a new contract as of yet, Marion has announced that he will not opt out of the final year of his contract (I wouldn’t walk away from $17.8 million at his age, either).
With Marion definitely staying put, this apparently may affect Pat Riley’s decisions regarding the draft, specifically what he does with Michael Beasley. Today, Chad Ford reported a rumored deal between the Heat and the Grizzlies where Memphis would deal the #5 pick, Noel Lowry and Mike Miller for the #2 pick (with Beasley being their choice).
The Heat are rumored to have countered that deal with a request for Mike Conley, specifically Conley and the #5 for Daequan Cook and the #2.
I think that trade makes some real sense for both teams. As I was just noting earlier in a comment, I think Conley is a fine player, and he would be an excellent back-up plan for the Heat now that they have lost out on their top option, Derrick Rose, so adding him and, say, Kevin Love would be a good result for Miami. And as good as Conley is, the Grizzlies do have 312 point guards and no great power forwards. Beasley and Gay would be a formidable pairing at the 3 and 4 for years to come.
This proposed deal would affect the Knicks if they seriously were interested in dealing with Memphis for the #5 pick. At the same time, you would also think that if the #2 pick is available, the Knicks should be trying to get in on that action. I am no huge Beasley fan, but I think he would quickly become the best player on the Knicks, so they should definitely inquire about that pick, especially since the Timberwolves and the Sonics don’t seem to have anyone as valuable as, say, David Lee to trade.
The Ford piece, by the by, has an amusing bit about players invited to the NBA’s Green room. Robin Lopez, do not accept!