In the aftermath of LeBron James announcing his decision to form the ‘Biggest Three’ in South Beach with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami Heat president Pat Riley wasted no time in beginning to put the pieces around the trio that is expected to be the foundation of the next great dynasty in the NBA.
According to ESPN.com, the Heat agreed to a trade that will send small forward Michael Beasley, who averaged 14.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season, to the Minnesota Timberwolves for a second round draft pick in 2011. In addition, the teams have also agreed to a swap of unspecified future first-round picks.
This transaction, whose goal was to clear salary cap space on Miami’s roster, paved the way for the Heat to reportedly offer free agent swingman Mike Miller a five-year contract worth between $27-30 million.
As a member of the Washington Wizards last season, Miller averaged 10.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 50.1% from the field and a robust 48.1% from three-point range.
And it is certain Pat Riley will continue the tireless search for additional players to fill out a Miami roster that will become the most marked team in the league even though Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers are the two-time defending NBA Champions.
But with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on board, it shouldn’t be too difficult a task for Riley to sell the appeal of playing for the Heat.
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