NBA Trades: Why Michael Beasley to the Orlando Magic Makes Perfect Sense
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Earlier this week, news broke via Chris Broussard of ESPN that the Los Angeles Lakers, who have been unsuccessful in executing any major trades, are inquiring about Minnesota Timberwolves' forward Michael Beasley.
No deal has come to fruition yet, as Timberwolves GM David Kahn has many potential suitors who have been linked to Michael Beasley. The two major contenders for the forward's services are the aforementioned Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.
One team, however, who has been notably absent from all of the rumors is the Orlando Magic.
Sure, the Magic have other key issues to deal with, as GM Otis Smith has not found a solution to the Dwight Howard fiasco, but an infusion of youth, scoring ability and athleticism is an absolute necessity if they want to compete for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
There have been rumors over the past few days that the Minnesota Timberwolves aren't just listening to offers for the talented sixth man out of Kansas State, but are actively shopping him. According to ESPN, the main reason for the Timberwolves' desire to trade him is Beasley's lack of maturity.
In addition, Beasley's usage rate this season is far down from last year, as he is logging nearly six minutes less on the court and not starting. Obviously, Beasley has fallen out of favor in Minnesota.
This could be a perfect opportunity for the Orlando Magic to swoop in and add a talented player in Beasley.
For GM Otis Smith to acquire the former second overall pick, the Magic would probably have to ship one-time All-Star Jameer Nelson and swingman Quentin Richardson. Plus, Orlando could make the deal more enticing by adding draft picks.
Is Michael Beasley an option for Orlando?
In exchange, the Wolves would trade Beasley and point guard Luke Ridnour.
This deal, in my opinion, makes sense for all parties involved.
For the Timberwolves, they receive two players that bolster a weak bench. Both Nelson and Richardson have knacks for scoring the basketball and shooting the three-ball. Also, adding Nelson would allow Wolves coach Rick Adelman to keep using his three-point guard line-up late in close ball games. Currently, this line-up includes Ridnour, Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea.
For Orlando, they receive a low-risk, high-reward sixth man who brings versatility, athleticism and youth to a squad in dire need of those qualities. After all, last season Beasley was extremely close to putting up 20 points per game. The Orlando Magic, who rank 23rd in points per night, would no doubt be ecstatic to bring in a threat of that caliber on offense.
Plus, Beasley can create a shot off the dribble, a skill the Orlando Magic have desperately searched for the last few seasons. A frontcourt of Ryan Anderson, Michael Beasley and Dwight Howard would be an absolute force.
Adding Luke Ridnour to replace Jameer Nelson isn't too shabby either, as the former Oregon star is more than capable of running an offense efficiently.
And who knows? Maybe adding the athletic Michael Beasley would be enough to convince "Superman" to stay.
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