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Sounds like more moving and shaking could be ahead for Pat Riley and the Miami Heat.

With the Bulls' selection with the top overall pick in the draft still up in the air, there is a possibility that the Heat won't be drafting long-awaited point guard Derrick Rose.  Which would make more wheeling and dealing a likelihood.

As reported by the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson:

A Heat official said several teams have expressed an interest in Udonis Haslem if Miami drafts and keeps Michael Beasley, which remains a strong possibility. Haslem could be swapped for a point guard, with Kirk Hinrich, T.J. Ford and Mo Williams in play, and less appealing names (Jamaal Tinsley, Jarrett Jack, Kyle Lowery) also available.

Seems like a fair enough idea, although the guess here is that the latter three names would be more feasible returns.

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Haslem is a nice player at the power forward spot, particularly when paired with a power player in the front court.  His game is best suited to chasing loose balls, crashing the glass and hitting the occasional mid-range looks as a third and fourth option offensively.  He plays hard all the time and seems to be a decent guy.

That being said, Haslem isn't a big shotblocker or a big-time offensive player.  His shooting percentage has dropped in each of the past three seasons, going from 54 percent in 2004-05 to 46.7 percent last year when Haslem was pressed into taking 10.3 shots per game on a depleted Heat team, thus exposing his lack of a power scoring game inside.

Haslem doesn't solve anybody's interior problems long-term, so it's hard to see one of the bigger deal starters mentioned here being moved for him.