Even though the Minnesota Timberwolves are in the midst of yet another dismal season, they have much to look forward to in the coming years.
For one, they seem to have found their franchise player in Kevin Love—if they hold on to him, they have a bright future in store.
Anthony Randolph is a versatile forward who, at just 21, can play all three positions in the frontcourt.
So, where does that leave Michael Beasley, the 6'10" small forward who has been nothing but brilliant offensively this season?
Beasley, who was signed by the Wolves in a lopsided trade (the Heat received Minnesota's second-round picks in 2011 and '14) for three years and just over $19 million, and Love are looking to begin a new chapter in the book of T'Wolves' history and tear out the pages previously written.
In all honesty, NBA fans everywhere are taking turns downplaying the Wolves and their future, but secretly in Minnesota, things are looking great for the coming years.
I can't tell you how sick I am of hearing statements like, "The Timberwolves suck. Let Kevin Love play on a team where he can win in the future."
My answer to that question: Why not Minnesota?
Now, how does this apply to Beasley?
Ah, yes, because he is another piece to the puzzle. As Love has drawn the blood of the future, Beasley has fought the second battle.
He is superior to Love defensively; although he is not the greatest lockdown defender, he doesn't give up.
He can shoot lights out and has proven himself as the Wolves' go-to guy this season and is second on the team in both scoring and rebounding, with 19.0 and 5.6 averages, respectively. He is also shooting an efficient 37.7 percent from downtown.
His past two summers have been filled with nothing but controversy, but this year Beasley understands that he is a large portion of the Wolves and their future—he has made it known already that he wants to stay in the Gopher State beyond 2013 when his contract expires.
Beasley's presence in the game is being noted around the league and as long as he dons Wolves' black and blue, he will always be a main catalyst on the team.
It's not like the Wolves have a 30-something who can mentor everyone (sorry, Luke Ridnour).
Fans won't be able to fathom the thought of Love leaving, sure, but at the same time Beasley means so much to the troubled franchise.
Considering his past, the Wolves are perfect for Beas in the sense have a no-nonsense policy (try to name a player other than Eddie Griffin in the team's history that has gotten in trouble with the team and no, Latrell Sprewell doesn't count) and thus far the Kansas State product has kept his head together.
It makes so much sense: Beasley wants to be an NBA sensation and the Wolves need a guy with his all-around game for upcoming years.
It's a relationship that should blossom and last for years.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Michael Beasley are a perfect match.
Joseph Fafinski is currently a freshman at the University of Missouri. Originally from Chaska, Minnesota, Joseph is the Minnesota Timberwolves Featured Columnist and a frequent writer of the NBA, NFL, and MLB. You can e-mail Joseph at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @JosephFafinski.