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Heat trade Darnell Jackson and more on Beasley & Chalmers

The Heat traded second-round pick Kansas forward Darnell Jackson to Cleveland for a 2009 second-round selection. It's not a particularly surprising move considering the Heat has plenty of forwards.

ESPN's Ric Bucher said after the draft that he could see the Heat trading Michael Beasley to Memphis for O.J. Mayo. Even if other players were thrown in the deal I don't see it happening. The Heat got their guy and it wouldn't make sense for the Miami to give up the top talent in the draft for a combo guard. Mayo's camp would welcome a trade since he still is playing in a small market. I can't imagine being traded from Minnesota to Memphis did much to please Mayo. He wanted to be on the Heat, and perhaps his agent will try to pursue a deal but at this point let's not get carried away with talk of Beasley not being in a Heat uniform when the season starts.

The Heat's trade for Mario Chalmers was a good move and if Miami can't find an appealing point guard option in free agency Chalmers figures to be in the mix to start. Marcus Banks is better as a backup and Chris Quinn, presuming the Heat's qualifying offer is enough for him to stay, is a reserve.

Now that the Heat added another point guard, has Dwyane Wade at shooting guard and plenty of forwards, look for the Heat to focus its free-agency efforts on finding a serviceable starting center.




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