15th June 2009 16:57
[quote:225daffb06]But Riley's plan all along has been keeping salary space open for that critical summer to re-sign Wade, add another max-contract-worthy star to play alongside him, and retain other talent in order to lure free agents into looking at Miami. The Heat raised their win total by 28 from a year ago and took Atlanta to seven games in the first playoff round.
"It's on everybody's mind," Riley said. "We want to build the very best team we can build here. We want Dwyane to be the centerpiece. We want to bring in players around him that complement him, that he can complement, that also complement other players. There's no doubt that we feel a need to do that."
Part of that plan, Riley said, also includes Miami's young core -- starting point guard Mario Chalmers, 3-point shootout champion Daequan Cook, and perhaps most importantly Michael Beasley, last year's No. 2 overall pick who played largely as a reserve this season and still emerged into Miami's second-leading scorer behind Wade.
Beasley is naturally a power forward, but the Heat will experiment this summer into putting him at the small forward position.
"He can play that spot," Riley said. "There's no doubt."
None on Beasley's part, either.
"I think there's a lot I can do," Beasley said, "and a lot I can do better."
I can basically see Wade extending his contract with Miami and we still keep a similar roster to last year until next offseason, then we sign Bosh. And moving Beasley to SF was something I had in mind since the Heat drafted him.