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Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:52 pm
 
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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.
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Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:55 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

That would be a terrible trade for the Lakers.  Randolph and Ridnour are below average talent, and Beasley has not proved he can even stay on an NBA team, let alone be an important piece or replace a top 10 big like Gasol!



Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:13 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Sorry, Lakers fans, the Wolves need a wing player for Beasley or Williams.  Do you have a wing player, shooting guard or small forward, with a salary that matches their contract or has their equivalent level of potential?  Because, as you guys probably know, the rest of the league isn't your minor league that you can just mine talent from in exchange for your has-beens.  After all, if we traded a bunch of talented players that we could use as a package for something that would actually HELP the team (as opposed to an over-the-hill backup to our best player), you guys would just make fun of us every time you beat our team.  Obviously, right?  Gasol for a bunch of guys that could be used to trade for something that would directly upgrade the Timberwolves in a position of need?  When the Wolves won't have a high pick next year, and the Wolves happen to be a team on the rise?  That would be crazy.  Not even the biggest Lakers fan would be so homerific like that.



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:50 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Why in the world would Minnesota just give away Beasley to the Lakers. No one on the Lakers is worth much besides Gasol/Bynum. Artest should be amnestied, Fisher should retire, Walton, Kapono, Blake, Barnes, McRoberts are just role players and not really that great of role players for that matter. Conversely, Beasley can be an impact player. He was the #2 pick in the 2008 draft right behind Derrick Rose and ahead of Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook. He may not have performed as well as some expected, but for sure he is better than any garbage from the Lakers Bench or Laker(low) picks and cash. I don't see how the Lakers can get him without including Gasol. The question does remain why did they get rid of Odom for just a trade exemption when he was one of there only decent trade chips. Was it a salary dump? I don't know, maybe.
Of course if they could pull off getting Beasley for nothing then of course you do it without blinking, it just seems unrealistic to me. I think the Lakers should be targeting Deron Williams who said he wants to play with Dwight Howard, so trade Bynum/Artest for Dwight/Turkoglu, then trade Gasol for Deron. Kobe,Dwight,Deron--that is a team to build around.



Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:42 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Lakers should trade Gasol to Minnesota in return for Michael Beasley, Anthony Randolph, and Luke Ridnour.....The could put Beasley @ the PF and a very talented Randolph could be the 1st big man off the bench....Ridnour/Fisher will be a good PG tandem and Gasol teams up with Love....Win win for both teams
 



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:19 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Beasley is only as good as the point guard dishing him the rock. If the Lakers go after Beasley they better include Ridenour
you know what, i agree with that last part, not the Beasley is only good with a pg, but including Luke. the Wolves have JJ Barrea and Ricky Rubio, plus they could also include a backup PG that the Lakers have in this deal to.



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:12 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Shoot...I wouldn't give up Rondo for Gasol and a pick. Celtics are already on the downside age-wise. So what...Let's get older (big dumb Pau) and get a low pick for a allstar?? Not gonna happen. Face it Laker fans...it's your teams' turn to suck a little. It's your time to see what the other 90% of NBA fans go through year in and year out.





Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:00 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Cool Italian, Are you that stupid, or just that lazy that you post a ridiculous message regarding Pau in two separate articles, copy and pasting retarded posts is even worse than posting the original garbage in the first place.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:45 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

laker managment is delusional....as everyone is reporting. So they may not get a trade done. Beasley is immature ....to a very large degree.....but maybe with Kobe around, he could learn and develop some of his potential. But Minnesota doesnt 'need' to trade.....and LA is run by idiots, so i doubt this happens. The lakers might throw a first round pick to the Cavs for sessions (a mistake I think...but not totally unjustified)....but they wont do anything else.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:44 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

He can forget about trying to carry a bad team for once
hahaha let me help you out, since you've obviously never watched a Timberwolves game

1. Beasley has never carried the Wolves, if anyone has it's Love
2. In case you haven't heard, the T-wolves aren't bad this year, and that's with Beasley getting a lot less minutes.
3. Beasley has never "tried" during his NBA career, showing you his professional attitude

You should be on TNT with all the other knowledgable and professional "analysts" they have. That way most of the daft statements are contained to one area.



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:30 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Pau is old and on the decline. The Lakers aren't getting the offers they thought they would be getting for him so far. Minnesota would give up Beasley and someone minor and/or a draft pick for Gasol. They wouldn't give up much for him, they aren't weak at any position anymore. The Twolves don't need to trade, they are only 2 games out of the 7th/8th playoff seed while playing the toughest schedule in the NBA. The Lakers need to trade, they are on the decline and the condensed season will hurt their old team down the stretch.


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