NBA Rumors: Timberwolves Interested in Orlando Magic's Jason Richardson

Hunter KonsensCorrespondent IIMarch 13, 2012

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According to Jarrod Rudolph of, the Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves are in talks regarding shooting guard Jason Richardson. After an eventful day around the NBA, the latest rumor seems to be one of the more likely possibilities to come to fruition.

Not only do both teams possess quality trade assets the other squad desires, but both organizations have hit a snag in their respective seasons. The Timberwolves, looking to reach their first playoff berth in the Kevin Love era, are trying to stay afloat despite losing star guard Ricky Rubio to a devastating ACL tear.

The Magic, on the other hand, need to make a decision on the fate of Dwight Howard. If the Magic decide to take their chances and keep "Superman" past the trade deadline, Orlando may lose him to franchises like the New Jersey Nets or Dallas Mavericks in free agency.

In exchange for Richardson, the Magic would probably want former Kansas State star Michael Beasley. Not only have they been rumored to be interested in the forward, but Beasley fills a big role for Orlando, as he can create his shot off the dribble.

However, Richardson alone would definitely not be an enticing enough offer for the Wolves to let go of the former second overall pick. The Magic would have to add either a couple of future draft picks or sophomore Daniel Orton to sweeten the deal. 

Nonetheless, this is an interesting trade scenario that Orlando is right to explore. Beasley is extremely versatile, as he can guard both forward positions. Plus, the young phenom can shoot an efficient jumper and has a knack for rebounding the basketball. Despite having an off year, the 6'9" forward is still averaging nearly 12 points and five boards per contest.

Sure, losing Jason Richardson would be a huge blow to the Orlando Magic roster, as he averages over 12 points per game, but Beasley's potential is too intriguing to pass up.

Will the 23-year-old forward be enough to keep franchise cornerstone Dwight Howard in O-Town?