NBA Trade Rumors: Why the Minnesota Timberwolves Should Keep Michael Beasley

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMarch 2, 2012

Michael Beasley.
Michael Beasley.Marc Serota/Getty Images

The Minnesota Timberwolves are a relatively young bunch looking to find their identity this season; they're hoping to become a team that can possibly contend in the near future. With rookies Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams learning the ways of the NBA game, and with Kevin Love continually impressing on a nightly basis, the future does look rather bright in Minnesota.

Head coach Rick Adelman has been doing a great job running the team and has been able to find a role for Michael Beasley and Nikola Pekovic in his rotation this season.

The Timberwolves, however, are still interested in adding some more pieces to their roster, and with the trade deadline two weeks away, rumors have been rampant about one of their pieces.

Beasley (the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft) has seen his name being linked to trade rumors, but should the Timberwolves even look to move him right now? Why make a change if things are going reasonably well in this crazy basketball season? Maybe Beasley is going to be a bench scorer in Minnesota, and that is not always a bad thing.

After a shaky high school tenure and only one year of college, Beasley was selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. After not living up to expectations in Miami, thus resulting in much criticism by Heat officials (who did not do their homework properly or really look into Beasley’s past and were bailed out when Kahn came knocking), Beasley has managed to keep improving his game and has shown signs this season of becoming a legit threat in the NBA.

The left-handed small forward has a decent game and would most likely be given a spot in the starting lineup by any other NBA team.

However, why should the Timberwolves make a change if things are going pretty good this season?

If the Timberwolves want to see how things work, they should wait until the offseason to make changes. The Timberwolves may even make the playoffs this season, and Beasley’s scoring is something they could definitely use on their side.

If they receive an offer that is crazy good, then Kahn should pull the trigger. The Timberwolves could then address their need for some depth and experience in the frontcourt and some shooting at the guard position.

But do not make a trade simply to make a trade, one that may hurt the team down the line.