As the sands drop out of the hour glass for the approaching NBA Draft, it appears the rumor going around involving the Memphis Grizzlies trying to trade UP for Kansas State Star Michael Beasley is growing some legs..
ESPN Draft Analyst Chad Ford writes the Grizzlies are revising a possible trade offer to the Miami Heat to get Beasley, the reigning College Basketball Player of the Year..
A couple of weeks ago, word was the Grizz would give up shooter Mike Miller, backup point guard Kyle Lowry, AND the number 5 pick to get Beasley..
Now, Ford reports Memphis is sweetening the deal by substiting Mike Conley for Lowry.
Conley was the Number 4 pick last season...
He earned Rookie All-Star honors, despite missing 25 games due to injury.
In return, the Grizz would get Beasley and guard Daequan Cook..a former teammate of Conley's at Ohio State.
Sounds like a lot to let go...but the Grizzlies consider Beasley the Home Run they need to hit in the Draft.
Memphis needs a Power Forward..and Beasleys' college numbers were phenominal, better even than NBA Rookie of the Year Kevin Durants' were at Texas.
The Grizz have depth at point guard with Lowry and Javaris Crittenden.
Miami needs a point guard and, with Tiger Derrick Rose apparently a lock for Chicago at Number One, Heat GM Pat Riley likes Conley.
There's no guarantee the Heat will deal with Memphis..
Other deals are being discussed with Minnesota, which has the 3rd pick, and New York, the 6th...but the Memphis move makes some sense.
The NBA Draft is Thursday night.