The Heat have traded for another Cleveland product in 2011. Unlike last year's Cleveland acquisition, the city doesn't seem to mad about losing him.
Miami traded its second-round pick, Bosnian guard Bojan Bogdonavich, to the Minnesota Timberwolves, for the 28th pick, Cleveland State guard Norris Cole. The Heat sent the Timberwolves the 31st pick, a future second round pick, and cash considerations for Cole. Minnesota had acquired Cole from the Chicago Bulls.
The Heat were expected to draft a guard in Thursday's NBA Draft, but Heat President Pat Riley did so in the most convoluted way possible.
Cole is a 6'2" point guard who can score and play defense. He holds the school record for single-season scoring (780 points in his senior season) and was named Horizon League Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2010-'11.
Cole is not the most efficient scorer. He shot 43.5 percent from the field for his college career, but he made up for that by getting to the free throw line. He set a school record for free-throw attempts last season with 266 in 36 games.
Cole shot 34.2 percent from the three-point line his final two seasons at Cleveland State, and that is the most pertinent number as far as the Heat are concerned. Cole can play backup point guard, but he will not have to handle the ball much with either Dwyane Wade or LeBron James on the floor. Instead, the Heat will want to use him as a spot up shooter off a double team.
But Cole can dominate a stretch under the right circumstances. He once torched Youngstown State for 41 points and 20 rebounds, adding 9 assists.
He also gets numbers on the other end of the court, averaging 5.8 rebounds per game last season, plenty for a backcourt player. He led the Horizon in steals that year as well, averaging 2.2 per game.
Cole won't be a threat to take the starting job from Mario Chalmers should the Heat resign him, but he could be a good change of pace off the bench, with the defensive ability to win over head coach Erik Spoelstra.
One last fact about Cole that may or may not blow your mind: the 28th pick in the draft, which was used to select him, originally belonged to the Heat before a series of trades. ESPN.com's Tom Haberstroh tweeted Thursday night, "This is actually Miami's original pick at 28. Went to TOR for Bosh, went to CHI for Johnson, went to MIN for picks. Full circle."
David Hill is a Miami native and the former owner of a youth replica Rony Seikaly jersey.