Tag:Michael Beasley
Posted on: March 2, 2012 1:52 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 2:58 pm
 

Friday 5 with KB: Trade season approaches

By Matt Moore



In this week's edition of 
the Friday 5,
Ken Berger talks about how you should evaluate trade rumors, if anyone will ever touch Wilt's 100-point-game, and how David Stern's legacy has evolved. 

1. 50th Anniversary of Wilt scoring 100 this week. There's a lot of talk about whether it will happen again or not. Do you think if the NBA went through a hyper-scoring binge like we've seen in the past it could ever happen again, or be passed?

KB: Never. The game is too different, defenses are more sophisticated and the talent level is more equal than in 1962.

2. 'Tis the season, KB. What are the things fans should look for when judging the accuracy of a trade rumor?

KB: Excellent way to put it. You have to consider the source (who's reporting it and how many outlets are reporting it) and dissect the potential agendas that are at play. For example, is an agent trying to manufacture news because he wants his client out? Also, teams have dozens of conversations about possible trades at this time of year. The mere occurrence of dialogue isn't news; serious discussions, with details of proposals that have been exchanged, perhaps rising to the ownership level, should be valued above the garden variety, "Team X is shopping player Y." As Ricky Watters once said, "For who? For what?" Details are proof. Finally, most teams have several people in the front office who are authorized and in position to discuss possible trades, which clouds the inevitable denial of those discussions. When a GM or coach says, "I've never even spoken with that team," or, "I've never even had a conversation about Player X," that doesn't mean someone else in the organization who's authorized to have those discussions didn't do so. In short, it's a tangled web we weave in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline.

3. Steve Nash is both the most adamant he doesn't want to be traded and one of the most involved in trade rumors. Do the Suns know exactly what they want to do with him, considering their public statements of "Nash now, Nash forever?"

KB: The key question is, what does Nash want? He doesn't want to be out there publicly lobbying for a trade, but if he decides it's time to move on, I believe the Suns will try to oblige.

4. Michael Beasley's another name out there on the wire. Are coaches receptive to dealing with his... er... eccentricities?
 
KB: For a contender that needs versatile scoring punch (Lakers, Celtics, Magic), Beasley would be the ideal fit. The questions will become, can he be had for a second-round pick? And if not, will a team -- particularly the Lakers, who have two first-rounders -- become so desperate to upgrade that they'll part with one?

5. David Stern said in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel he can't be concerned with his legacy because it will impact his ability to do his job. What do you think Stern's legacy is today, given the events of the past 12 months?

KB: Any time you discuss legacy, it has to be a big-picture, textured discussion. Though the lockout, lost games and hard-ball negotiating tactics are fresh in our minds, those things can't move ahead of certain undeniable accomplishments like dramatically increasing national TV exposure and revenue and globalizing the brand. But depending on how things work out in New Orleans and Sacramento, Stern is in danger of having his legacy tarnished by franchise relocation. The financial circumstances in markets like those and Milwaukee, Charlotte and Memphis are grim. If the problems can't be solved by revenue sharing, then what? So Stern can't retire yet simply because he achieved a new collective bargaining agreement. He can't leave the NBA until he's leaving all 30 franchises (or however many there are when he leaves) on sound footing competitively and economically. So that part of his legacy, which includes over-expansion, is still to be determined.
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:17 pm
 

Wolves shopping Beasley hard, Celtics interested?

 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.
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:52 pm
 

Lakers interested in Michael Beasley?

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.
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:15 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Michael Beasley to miss 3 games with foot sprain

Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-beasley

The Minnesota Timberwolves will play their first back-to-back-to-back of the lockout-shortened season without their second leading scorer.

Forward Michael Beasley has suffered a sprained right foot and will miss games on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday against the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls, respectively. CBS Fantasy News has the details.
Minnesota F Michael Beasley will miss at least the next three games with a sprained right foot. Beasley had an MRI on Saturday, which revealed no broken bones. He was injured with less than two minutes to play in Friday night’s loss to Cleveland. The Timberwolves are preparing for their first back-to-back-to-back set of the season. They start in Washington on Sunday, travel to Toronto on Monday and finish with a home game against Chicago on Tuesday. 
Beasley is averaging 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on the season. He logs the second-most minutes of any Minnesota player, behind All-Star power forward Kevin Love.

In Beasley's absence, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman has a number of options and the minutes will likely be filled by committee. There's rookie forward Derrick Williams, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, who is averaging 7.9 points and 4.1 minutes per game off of Minnesota's bench. Versatile forwards Anthony Tolliver and Anthony Randolph and two guard Wesley Johnson all could see their roles increase.

After the back-to-back-to-back, the Timberwolves have two days off before a Friday night game against the New Orleans Hornets.

Earlier this week, Beasley suffered an unrelated but nasty finger injury
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Video: Michael Beasley injures finger

By Matt Moore

Michael Beasley injured his finger Sunday night in the final minutes of the Timberwolves' home win over the Mavericks. Beasley went up to fight to tip a rebound and injured it. After going to the bench and getting treatment, Beasley took the towel off and looked at his hand, then, on camera, screamed "Oh, s***, that's my bone!"

Video. It's not pretty. 

 

The injury comes just as the Wolves had to be feeling good about themselves after their first win of the season over the defending champs who fell to 1-4 on the year. Ricky Rubio shined again for the Wolves. Beasley has been about as you'd expect for the Wolves this year and it's hard to see him in their long-term plans, but if they want to compete for an unlikely playoff spot, they're going to need his scoring in every game. 

We'll keep you updated on his status.

In related news: Eeeeeeew.  
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2011 12:54 pm
 

Michael Beasley, PR firm part ways after 3 weeks

Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-beasley

Good news, everyone. We've located a marriage that ended faster than the sham perpetrated by Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley and the public relations firm he hired to help him navigate this crazy 21st century media landscape have apparently parted ways just three weeks into their relationship.

Back on Oct. 21, news broke that Beasley had hired S & S Associates to improve his image. On Wednesday, a representative for the the firm issued a terse statement saying that S & S Associates no longer represented Beasley, who first contracted its services on Oct. 10.

"Please be advised that S&S Associates is no longer affiliated with Michael Beasley," the statement read. "Please refer all inquiries to 'Shooter'."

Shooter's email address was listed as "unknown," although a contact phone number was included.

"We think that Michael is a great kid, and we're wishing the best for him, but he was just not a good fit for our firm," S & S Associates' Tonya Payton told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. "Michael is at the stage in his life and his career where he just needs to take a step back and reevaluate a lot of things in his life." 

In the three weeks since he hired the P.R. firm, Beasley threw an "All-Star" charity game in which all the All-Stars bailed out and said that the ongoing labor negotiations are "kind of retarded." But that was the petty stuff.

The real bombshell came when Beasley launched explosive lawsuits against his former agent, Joel Bell, and his former AAU coach, Curtis Malone, in which he and his mother admitted to receiving thousands of dollars of illegal benefits while he was in high school and college. The lawsuit is personal, too, as Malone reportedly served as a surrogate father to Beasley, allowing him to live with his family during his high school years.

2011 has been one thing after another for Beasley, who was busted with marijuana this summer and famously shoved a fan in the face during an exhibition game. Come to think of it: Hiring a P.R. firm was actually a really good idea. Oh well.
Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Money man: Beasley knew about illegal benefits

Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-beasley

"Yeah, it was dirty. But he knew it was dirty!"

That's what a Washington D.C. accountant has to say in response to a recent lawsuit filed by Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, who alleges that his former agent and AAU coach provided thousands of dollars in illegal benefits to Beasley and his mother before he entered the NBA.

Last week, we noted reports that Beasley was suing agent Joel Bell and coach Curtis Malone, accusing them of conspiring to represent him while he was still a teenager and providing his mother with cash and other favors, including moving her to Kansas so that she could be near him during his single season at Kansas State University.

Shortly thereafter, CBSSports.com's Wildcats RapidReports noted that a Kansas newspaper reported that George Holloway, a Washington, D.C. accountant, provided $11,200 to Fatima Smith, Beasley's mother, to cover her rent while she was in Kansas.

In a subsequent interview with the Washington Post, Holloway admits to being the money man but says that Beasley knew what was happening the whole time.
“I was just trying to be helpful,” Holloway said in a telephone interview. “They both couldn’t afford it. . . .In retrospect, I wish I hadn’t done a thing. But I didn’t have anything to gain from it.” 

“Beasley knew everything,” Holloway said. “His mother knew everything.”

“I’ve helped tons of kids, many of which never played college [basketball] or anything beyond high school, that I met through the D.C. Assault program,” Holloway said. “It was a give-back for me.”
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that Malone's attorney denies that his client set up the arrangement between Holloway and Smith. Holloway is on board with that, saying his financial relationship with Beasley's mother did not involve either Bell or Malone.
“The whole thing over this Beasley-Joel Bell thing, I don’t like either side of the argument,” Holloway said. “But I will tell you this: The truth of the matter is, as it relates to me, Fatima approached me directly. Michael approached me directly. And neither Joel, nor Curtis, had anything to do with any of it.”
Clearly, Holloway is prepared to take the fall for everything. And that makes sense. Of all the key players, he has the least to lose. He isn't an agent who wants to continue being an agent, he isn't an AAU coach that wants to continue to be an AAU coach, he isn't an NBA player whose shaky reputation is being put even further into question and he isn't Kansas State University, a program that could be subject to harsh NCAA sanctions given that everyone seems to agree that illegal benefits were given to Beasley's family. Assuming that Holloway only broke NCAA rules and not any laws, he should be able to continue life as an accountant once this all blows over. 

Related: Michael Beasley thinks NBA lockout negotiations are "kind of retarded"

Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:02 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Michael Beasley sues former agent, AAU coach

Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-beasley

Here's a lawsuit that just might substantiate all of your worst fears about the ugly behind-the-scenes behavior that stains elite amateur basketball.

The Washington Post reports that Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley is suing his former agent and his former AAU coach for conspiring to create a situation in which they could represent him once he became a professional player. The lawsuit alleges that the agent, Joel Bell, and the coach, Curtis Malone, first sank their hooks into Beasley when he was 14 years old.  

The lawsuit comes less than a year after Bell sued Beasley for wrongful termination and breach-of-contract.

Beasley's allegations in this countersuit are lengthy and complicated.

To boil it down: The Post reports that Beasley and his mother allege that Bell helped cover the costs of Beasley's participation in a high-profile AAU team, including transportation, lodging, other family expenses and $2,500 in cash. The lawsuit also reportedly alleges that in return for that help the agent and coach took steps to ensure that Beasley would sign with Bell once he turned pro after one season at Kansas State, including paying for his mother's rent and car payment after she moved to Kansas to be near Beasley.

The paper reports that Bell and Malone either declined comment or did not return messages.

Providing direct or indirect compensation to high school players with the expectation of representing them in the future is generally believed to be a common practice among agents and wannabe agents but rarely are details made public because it opens up a Pandora's box of complications.

There is the possibility for NCAA sanctions for programs who signed the player, signed other players from the same AAU program or signed other players who are eventually represented by the same agent. There's the bad press that will hit the player and his family for taking illegal gifts that they "know were wrong." There's the red flag in NBA circles that pops up on that player when it comes to assessing his decision-making and character. There's the potential for major damages or, maybe in a worst case scenario, jail time for agents who act improperly. There's the chance that future basketball players won't want to have anything to do with a coach whose program has been tainted. 

That Beasley is pursuing legal action, then, is fairly remarkable given all of these external forces working against him and his mother exposing their version of the truth. The big question: Will the ordeal be worth it?

For further analysis, Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com has you covered.
 
 
 
 
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