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Wolves shopping Beasley hard, Celtics interested?

Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:17 pm
 Celtics? Lakers? Rockets? Nets? Where will B-Easy end up after the deadline? (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

There's smoke around Michael Beasley right now.

No, not that kind of smoke. Trade smoke. Beasley's name has been popping up in trade rumors since the draft last June, and yet he's remained with the Timberwolves. But if you were wanting to bet on a player most likely to be moved before the March 15 deadline, you'd have a pretty good shot with Beasley.

There's already been noise surrounding a potential move to the Lakers, with the Lakers being hesitant to give up a first round pick for him. But as CSN New England reports, the Wolves are working hard to move Beasley:
"Beasley is being shopped HARD. T-Wolves very motivated to move him, and yes, the Celtics have some interest."
Fox Sports Ohio adds this:
"Wolves have already spoken with New Jersey, Houston and the L.A. Lakers about Beasley. While both teams are said to still be open to a deal, it appears Beasley's most likely landing spot, for the time being, is Boston."
The Lakers would indeed like to add a player like Beasley, who they feel they can straighten out with their veteran leadership. Problem is, it'll cost them money. It'll dig the Lakers deeper into the luxury tax. Beasley is making $6.2 million but with L.A. already over the tax line, he's basically making $12.4 million in terms of what they'd be paying. A hefty price to pay for someone that could turn out to be a headache.

Boston though makes a lot of sense. The Wolves really don't have a need for Beasley with rookie Derrick Williams coming along, but aren't looking to take back nothing in return. Boston has a few assets, and a few first round picks they could use, which seems like is what the Wolves are after.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:40 pm

Wolves shopping Beasley hard, Celtics interested?

B-Easy would be an asset anywhere he goes.  I can definitely see him in LA or Boston.  Both teams need a combo forward and both teams have veteran leadership to tighten him up a little.  With the Lakers, he would start at the small forward ahead of Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest or come off with the 2nd until and still put up starters numbers.  He's a combo forward and will definitely see plenty of action at the 3 and 4 positions.  With the Celtics, it all depends on who they will be jettisoning to get B-Easy.  The Celts are shopping Rondo but the T-wolves don't need a point with Rubio having a phenomenal year.  I definitely don't see KG going back to where it all started for him..LOL.   It's going to be interesting to say the least.  The bottom line is B-Easy has immediate value, is young, can play both forward positions and with either team, the veteran leadership should smooth out his attitude.

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