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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
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.

Since: May 6, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:16 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 s o they have at least a mediocre point guard. Luke is a better point than anyone on the Lakers right now. Beasley would help but only if the Lakers get a point guard too. Beasley won’t come cheap though. He has all star talent if he can stay focused and the blue hairs on the Lakers could definitely help him mature.  

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:59 pm

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Lakers should make an exception ,and give up World Peace and some of those bench players like Walton for beasely...And Three Million Dollars..for the troubles..

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:43 pm

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Lakers have nothing to give in return.  Don't do it Wolves.  Beaz is worth more than what the Lakers will dump on you.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:29 pm

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

I love how everyone commenting on this is a Lakers fan.  At least I'm assuming that because every comment implies that the Timberwolves will just give Beasley away to the Lakers because he could be of value to them.  He's a player with potential and there are a lot of teams, including the Wolves, that aware of that.  Maybe the Wolves don't need him as much as they did two years ago, but he's not just getting splinters on his back end while with the team.  AND it's not like no other team believes that he might be an asset to their club.  Kahn might be known for giving away assets from time to time, but I think he's aware that Beasley is considered worth an investment by a number of teams around the league... Maybe Barnes or Metta for Beasley and a dump of one of our many SGs?

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:25 pm

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

   Lebron is more of a cancer than Kobe. The self proclaim "king" of nothing. "The chosen one" to be mediocre. The one that could not win as the main man and had to join forces with another clown in D-Wade. Are you saying Kome? Lebron screwed up the Cavs because of his selfishness, hacked a tape where he was being dunked on by an amateur (again selfish and vain) and has been using steroids throughout his entire career. Calling himself the #1 dunker after the dunk by Griffin over Perkins where he said I guess Im number 2 now, who ever said he was # 1? And finally, Miami sucks, there chump.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:09 pm

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

this move should happen, now for what, i dont know, but it should happen. Beasley should go to a team where he can play more and the Wolves have a young Derrick Williams they want to groom.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:52 pm

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Jhawk, I would love Rondo as a Lakers fan, but after the Chris Paul blotch, it looks like the Lakers are trying to improve around the current core of Kobe, Gasol and Bynum.  In order to lure Rondo, it would likely shake that core up.  Also, I wouldnt give up Gasol AND a pick for Rondo... That would be a head for head swap to me.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:50 pm

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Michael Beasley is a very talented young player.  The Lakers need something...some young offensive power.  I like the idea of a Beasley trade actually if he can be had for cash considerations.  The Lakers glaring need is at point but I think Beasley can be had very cheaply.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:50 pm

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

Why not go after Rondo? Garnetts pretty much at the end of his career, and oneal isnt the answer. Gasol and a pick for Rondo or even getting rid of Artest makes sense to me.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:47 pm

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

diebeasleydie, how in the world is Kobe Bryant a cancer?  You don't have to like him, which you clearly do not, but come on man.  The guy is a 5-time champion and one of the most decorated players in NBA history.  Those accolades do not describe the work of a cancer!

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