Will Pat Riley and the Miami Heat Pass On Michael Beasley?

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IJune 25, 2008

I was watching Pardon The Interruption on ESPN today and I heard something I hadn't heard before.

Chicago is still obviously undecided on who they will be taking with the No. 1 pick, but it seems they are slightly leaning towards Derrick Rose. If that is what happens, there is a chance that Kansas State forward Michael Beasley might fall  as far as Seattle at No. 4.

Pat Riley told the media that he was looking for a guard. If Chicago does select Rose instead of Beasley, Riley says he will either trade his pick or select either a guard, likely O.J. Mayo or Jerryd Bayless. Mayo seems more likely to the choice between the two guards considering Riley's recent comments regarding the former USC guard.

There are also new indications that Minnesota General Manager Kevin McHale is very high on UCLA forward Kevin Love and wants to pick him at No. 3, there is even more of a chance than ever before that Michael Beasley could fall to fourth.

Now, knowing Riley, he could just be kidding around and pick Beasley at No. 2 anyway. Or, Chicago might go with Beasley with the first pick, we don't know. And if Beasley was there at No. 3, I really don't think Kevin McHale would be able to pass up on the superstar.

So although it isn't probable, it is possible that Michael Beasley could fall as late as fourth in the 2008 NBA Draft.