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Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:52 pm
 
Are the Lakers looking at Beasley? (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

The idea is that at some point, Michael Beasley will find himself in the perfect situation. He'll have the right support system, the right teammates, the right system and as a result, he finally realize some of the talent he has. Because the guy has got talent. Loads of it. It's why he was drafted second overall and why the Timberwolves were more than happy to welcome him despite not really having a good spot for him.

It hasn't exactly worked out with Minnesota and with the Wolves drafting Derrick Williams, Beasley just doesn't really have a place.

Then there are the Lakers, a team trying to make a deal to salvage a makeshift roster. Perfect marriage for a deal, right? Well, the Lakers like Beasley, according to ESPN.com:
The Lakers' front office knows Kobe Bryant is looking for it to improve the roster, and GM Mitch Kupchak has been working the phones. He's spoken to Minnesota about Michael Beasley, and sources say the Lakers are intrigued by the Timberwolves' small forward. The Lakers were actually in discussions with Minnesota about a potential trade for Beasley before the season started. If they would have been able to pull off the deal for Chris Paul, there is a good chance that a trade for Beasley would have followed.

It's not clear what the Lakers would give Minnesota for Beasley (if indeed the talks get that far), but the Lakers could absorb Beasley into their $8.9 million trade exception while giving up a draft pick or cash. I'm told the teams have not spoken about Pau Gasol since the preseason. Minnesota is looking to move Beasley, who they feel has matured very little (if at all) since he's been there, according to sources. The Lakers believe they can handle a player like Beasley because of their winning culture and the leadership of Bryant.
The Lakers need more help than just Beasley, but like I said, the guy is just dying for that right place. Rasheed Wallace finally found it with the Pistons and look what happened. Beasley has serious ability. It's just got to click for him.

According to the report, the Lakers are also looking at acquiring a point guard, a position that needs a lot of help. They worked out Gilbert Arenas last week, but evidently haven't made a decision there yet. There are other point guards on the market like Ramon Sessions and the report says the Lakers might be able to grab Sessions for a first round pick.

I think the deals are coming for the Lakers. Maybe not a blockbuster involving Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum, but something. That trade exception is just sitting there and it's hard to believe they truly gave up Lamar Odom to a Western contender for basically nothing.

I like Beasley with the Lakers too. I think it's a fit. He can forget about trying to carry a bad team for once and concentrate on his strengths. He can fit in alongside Kobe and Gasol and let those guys lead the way while he follows. It might take a bit of an attitude adjustment from him realizing maybe he's not going to score 20 points a game, but if he's willing, he still has a lot of bright years ahead of him.
Comments

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Forget what people say he CAN do. Forget what you HOPE he can do. What has he done to make you think he is a important addition to a team?? Watch him play (or sit the bench more likely) for a while and you'll see he doesn't add what he is assumed to be physically capable of. Old dog new tricks?? I don't think so!



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 10:38 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

I think we gotta add Beas. and Sessions, getting beas. is like getting a young Odom back.
Sure, as long as you don't count defense, passing, or team play.  Then it's JUST like getting a young Odom back. 



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 8:13 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

I think we gotta add Beas. and Sessions, getting beas. is like getting a young Odom back. 



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

The T-wolves really need a shooting guard and I really hope the Kahn-man is looking towards Chandler Wilson. Shannon Brown isn't an equal value and there really aren't many players there to consider. For Beasley, this sucks but there is no reason for our T-wolves to take a screwing to make a bad deal.




Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:36 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

They can have beasley
 



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

As a Laker fan. I dont really see Beasley a huge upgrade from Artest or Matt Barnes
your kidding right??? Beasley is far younger and is a much better scorer than Artest and Barnes is now, especially Artest. Beasley would be a good scoring option to help out Kobe, is he great, no, but he can play. personally, if i am the lakers, i find a way to get Luke and Beasley both on my team.



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:53 am
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

By playing in California, Beasley could get a prescription for medical marijuana and then his pot smoking would be legal!!    LOL



Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:49 am
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

By playing in California, Beasley could get a medical marijuana prescription and make his pot smoking legal.   LOL



Since: Sep 3, 2010
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:44 am
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Beasley has solid shooting and rebounding physical ability. He has become less selfish, but still has a tendency to dribble the ball too much and lose it. He does not play particularly well on defense, makes costly mental mistakes. He's a project.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 11:40 am
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Lakers should trade Gasol to Minnesota in return for Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph, and Luke Ridnour
You must not be paying attention to what's going on in Minnesota with Nikola Pekovic.  The Wolves seem pretty comfortable with their C/PF combination, and it wouldn't make financial sense or basketball sense to acquire Gasol to have him play at his second-best position.   


I don't think the Lakers have any parts to move that would acquire a player from Minnesota because the Lakers strengths are the same as the Wolves' strengths, but much more expensive.    


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