Trade Deadline: Everybody Loves Michael Beasley As Long As He’s Not On Their Team

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It’s been almost 21 months since the Minnesota Timberwolves traded two second round picks and cash to the Miami Heat for Michael Beasley. A billion shot attempts later, they’ve had enough, says Sam Amico.

Stranger things have happened, but it would be a bit of a shock if Michael Beasley is still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves in three weeks.

The Timberwolves are clearly looking to move Beasley and his $6.2 million salary, creating room for ever-improving rookie Derrick Williams at the forward position.

According to multiple FOX Sports Ohio sources, the Wolves have already spoken with New Jersey, Houston and the L.A. Lakers about Beasley. While both teams are said to still be open to a deal, it appears Beasley’s most likely landing spot, for the time being, is Boston.

The Celtics visited Cleveland on Tuesday, and the majority of the talk centered around a deal that would send center Jermaine O’Neal to Minnesota for Beasley. O’Neal is solid, but often-injured, causing some to wonder why the Wolves would be interested in such a deal.

via Beasley in Beantown? It’s possible – Blog Sports Ohio.

And says Chris Broussard.

The Minnesota Timberwolves offered to trade Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Lakers for a first-round draft pick, but the Lakers turned them down, according to a league source.

While Beasley, a talented and athletic small forward, would fill one of the Lakers’ greatest needs, the Lakers rejected the offer because they do not want to add to their luxury tax bill, according to the source.

via Source — Los Angeles Lakers reject Minnesota Timberwolves’ trade offer of Michael Beasley – ESPN Los Angeles.

And says common sense.

The idea of Michael Beasley is a pretty cool one. While in practice he’s been stuck between the 3 and the 4, in theory, he should have conquered both. He’s fast, he’s strong, he’s a gifted scorer. He brings haircuts. He brings intangibles. He might be, and this is no joke, one of the most gifted athletes out there.

It’s just that when he’s out there, he’s really out there. All alone, teammates staring at him and waiting for something to happen. At which point jab steps and contested jumpers happen. And that’s it.

It’s a damn shame, because there is so much talent. Troubled and confused talent, but talent that’s waiting to burst out, and has failed not due to a sharp decline, but with sharp ups and downs. The rookie season wasn’t magnificent, but it was a solid statistical campaign that just so happened to remain the highest standard he’s set. He really seemed to break through in his first few weeks in Minnesota, before he mistook his progress as a promotion to first option and took his down, guns a-blazin’.

And now Minnesota has had enough, apparently looking to move the former #2 pick in the draft for, well, whatever. Even though he’s seemingly made an actual effort to adjust to new personnel, spotting up much more, isolating much less, making a larger percentage of his threes. Not enough to prevent his PER and TS% from yet another dramatic drop, but at least it’s possible to find the effort.

Beas will move on to the next team, be it a veteran squad who believes they can get to him like the Lakers or Celtics, or a squad desperate for cheap talent that expires this offseason, like the Nets. It will be a quiet deal, for a low-value pick, or perhaps even – the horror – for Luke Walton. After the short rental, he likely won’t get his overpriced qualifying offer, because nobody is giving that guy a 1 year, $8 million deal. Instead, he will sign a smaller deal with someone who still believes in talent. He can still turn it around, but it’s getting harder and harder to see how.

Noam Schiller

Noam Schiller lives in Jerusalem, where he sifts through League Pass Broadband delay and insomnia in a misguided effort to watch as much basketball as possible. He usually fails miserably, but is entertained nonetheless. He prefers passing big men to rebounding guards but sees no reason why he should have to compromise on any of them.