NBA Trade Deadline 2012: Where Michael Beasley Could Be Dealt
The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching, and one name that is rumored to be on the move is Michael Beasley. The Timberwolves forward seems to have worn out his welcome in Minnesota and the T'Wolves seem anxious to move him.
Beasley, the second overall pick of the 2008 draft, has had his ups and downs during his still young career, from being named to the All-Rookie first team to accidentally tweeting a picture of himself with marijuana in the background.
Beasley is a naturally gifted player who can play both forward positions and shoot from all areas of the court. Beasley may just need the right situation to get his head on straight and establish his presence as the gifted scorer everyone knows he can be.
The T'Wolves reportedly offered Beasley to the Lakers for a first-round pick, but L.A. turned them down. Had L.A. accepted, the Lakers would have had to use the trade exception they received when they traded Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks before the season started. The Lakers apparently were hesitant to go through with the deal, most likely because Beasley's contract would still affect the Lakers' luxury tax.
The odds of Beasley being moved are very likely. Now, I will address several rumored deals for Beasley and the likelihood of them happening.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers turned down the T'Wolves' offer of Beasley for a first-round pick, most likely because it would still affect the Lakers' luxury tax.
If a Beasley-to-L.A. trade were to happen, the T'Wolves would most likely have to bring back either Luke Walton or The Artist Formerly Known as Ron Artest. In doing so, the Lakers would be more likely to accept the deal.
With Kobe's contract as large as it is, the Lakers have little flexibility in trying to make moves. Dumping one of those two contracts would help lower the Lakers' cap hit and help entice the Lakers to pull the trigger on the deal.
Odds of Beasley being dealt to the Lakers: 25 percent.
New Jersey Nets
The Nets are still adamant that they can land Howard and/or re-sign Williams, but Beasley would be a nice piece to have, even if he doesn't stay long.
Proposed trade: Beasley and guard Malcolm Lee in exchange for forward Shawne Williams and guard-forward DeShawn Stevenson.
Odds of Beasley being dealt to the Nets: 40 percent.
Whenever a player is rumored to be on the move, Houston is always brought up. It never fails.
Houston has reportedly inquired about Beasley, but I'm not sure he's a good fit. Beasley's best attribute is his scoring ability, but with Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Kyle Lowry and Chase Budinger all on the team, Beasley would not get a large number of shots. But that doesn't mean the Rockets may not try to acquire his services.
Proposed trade: Beasley and forward Anthony Tolliver in exchange for guard Courtney Lee, Terrence Williams and forward Marcus Morris.
Odds of Beasley being dealt to the Rockets: 45 percent.
Boston needs to make some type of move (or moves) if they expect to contend. At this moment, they'll be lucky to win a playoff series, much less contend for the title.
I don't think Beasley is the missing piece, the one that puts them ahead of the pack. But it's a good step in the right direction. There were rumors of a Beasley-Jermaine O'Neal swap, but (obviously) that has not happened yet. Whatever happens, Beasley would bring more energy and youth to the Celtics.
Proposed trade: Beasley, guard J.J. Barea and forward Anthony Randolph in exchange for Ray Allen, Marquis Daniels and JaJuan Johnson.
Odds of Beasley being dealt to the Celtics: 35 percent.