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According to the draft gurus, the Bulls - perhaps motivated by the past - are leaning toward Rose.

“You have to look at a strong point guard like Rose, and with the last few years what Williams and Paul have done can influence you,” one front office member speaking on the condition of anonymity said. “But really, it depends on what you need.”

No center is projected as a top two pick in this year’s draft, but the 6-foot-8 Beasley fits the big man billing. His work ethic and character have come into question, and Miami, which holds the No. 2 pick and would prefer a point guard to pair with Dwyane Wade, is fielding trade offers in the event Chicago takes Rose.

But while Chicago and Miami may lean toward point guard, Seattle, Memphis and the Clippers would all love to have Beasley and are reportedly in talks with the Heat.

The near future will indicate whether the guard trend continues or whether Beasley was the one who got away.