Michael Beasley hasn't made the lockout any easier on the Minnesota Timberwolves management or fans. Due to the lockout, General Manger David Kahn has not been able to discuss the small forward's future with the organization. There is also concern due to the surplus of players at the forward position.
Fans are split on whether Michael Beasley's run in with the law and run in with a fan should affect his status on the team. This past season he showed that he has the potential to be an extremely good player. He also has the potential to be a major headache for the organization.
Take a step back from Beasley's numbers and look at the larger status of the team. The Minnesota Timberwolves don't have any leadership or an identity. The team still has gaping holes at positions other than forward. Kahn should unload Beasley when he can in order to fill more pressing needs on the team.
First, there is no identity on this team. Management is struggling to get fans in the seats and there is no interest to have the Wolves on national TV. Could this team eventually become a young “run n' gun,” fun-loving team? Maybe. But if Beasley stays on the team, there will be constant media attention around the recurring question: “Is Beasley staying clean?” That isn't good for a young team trying to find itself.
Second, whoever ends up coaching this team is going to need to focus on floor strategy on day one. We can't afford the luxury of dealing with significant off-the-court issues. The Wolves have a plethora of talented players. The coach should focus on developing strategy, not helping players mature.
Third, Beasley is inefficient. There is no doubt that Beasley is a talented player. Beasley was a good scorer for the team, but he turned the ball over a lot. Last season, his player efficiency rating hovered right around the league average (15.6). Ship Beasley to a team that needs him and get a good shooting guard in return.
This move will reduce team drama, give the Wolves a clearer direction and fill in some major positional gaps.
This team has a lot of kinks to work out. Beasley is adding to the drama, not decreasing it. This is not a good step for a team trying to move up in the standings.