By Ira Winderman | Sun-Sentinel.com
3:23 PM EDT, May 28, 2008
LAKE BUENA VISTA - For the second time since the NBA Draft lottery, a party with insight into the process has expressed the belief that Memphis point guard Derrick Rose could fall to the Heat with the No. 2 pick.
After a party familiar with the plans of the Bulls, who hold the No. 1 pick, and the Heat said last week, "No. 1 and No. 2 are booked and done," Memphis forward Joey Dorsey said he, too, has been led to believe that Kansas State forward Michael Beasley would go at the top of the draft to Chicago, leaving Rose for the Heat.
"Chicago's got a lot of pressure on them because Derrick's from Chicago," Dorsey said, "but they're going to take Beasley. I've got the inside. They're going to get Beasley."
Bulls Vice President John Paxson has adamantly denied reaching a decision.
Rose and Beasley were among the 15 leading prospects allowed to bypass the round-robin of scrimmages and move directly to the weekend physicals and measurements. The two will be part of a media availability session Thursday of leading draft candidates.
Heat General Manager Randy Pfund was mum after Wednesday's morning's drills about his team's draft intentions.
Asked if the Heat had set up workouts or interviews with Rose or Beasley, Pfund said, "Nope, no visits."
Asked if the Heat had been turned down for any visits, Pfund said, "Nope."
Pfund declined to quantify where the Heat stood in its draft deliberations, saying, "I'm not going to discuss that. I'm not going to get into any details into that."
Heat President Pat Riley was expected to arrive at the camp later in the day.
Pfund was asked if the Heat could wind up bringing in only one or two candidates for its No. 2 overall pick.
"The process will let us know what the number will be," he said. "It could be real small, it could be bigger, depending on a couple of answers to some questions with some of the key people. We could go ahead and try to get in 10 people or we could make it very simple and not bring in anybody."
Of having to find a point guard, Pfund said, "There's been no concept right now that it's something we have to fit. We've got a new coach. I think we're wide open to kind of evaluating what's out there and all the avenues -- trades, draft, free agency -- and putting together a group of guys that fit. So I don't think there's any predetermined, 'We have to be one type' of team."