NBA Trade Rumors: Michael Beasley Not Worth First-Rounder to Lakers

Michael DixonAnalyst IIIFebruary 24, 2012

MIAMI - NOVEMBER 02:  Forward Michael Beasley #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in action against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on November 2, 2010 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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If you're a Lakers fan, now is the time to be afraid. Talk that they want to bring in Michael Beasley is nothing short of terrifying. 

Unfortunately, the Lakers are interested in Beasley, at least according to Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press.

A little birdie confirmed Wednesday that the Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in trading for Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley.

Whether the Lakers have made an offer for Beasley is unclear, but the Wolves aren't especially interested in acquiring more bodies. A first-round draft pick might be a reasonable trade.

A first-round draft pick for Michael Beasley? That is about the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard, especially for the Lakers. There are two reasons why:

He's Not a Point Guard

This one is pretty self-explanatory. The Lakers shouldn't be giving up anything as a first-round pick if they're not getting a point guard. That is far and away the most pressing need, and it will keep Los Angeles from any significant playoff advancement if not addressed by the trade deadline. 

If the Lakers are going to make any moves, they need to bring a point guard in to run the offense. Their most valuable realistic trade commodities are Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and their first-round pick. If any of those leave the Lakers' possession without a point guard coming back.

Once that player is acquired, we can discuss people like Beasley but until that moment, no trade bringing in any other players should even be discussed. But that's not the only problem here. 

He's Michael Beasley

I am not going to waver from my stance that no player besides a point guard should be considered. But if we're even going to bend from that, it needs to be for a star player, like Dwight Howard

Michael Beasley is nothing more than a decent player with a history of character issues. This season, he is more than three points below his career points per game average. 

The need for a point guard is far too pressing for them to make a move for Michael Beasley. 

The first-round pick is far too valuable. If the Lakers can't improve the point guard position, then they need to keep that pick and try to get better with it in the offseason.