Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  24 responses

Los Angeles Lakers on the Verge of Acquiring Michael Beasley?

Multiple reports claim that Michael Beasley — who considers himself “just a pawn in this game” — may soon find himself in Laker purple and gold . From the OC Register: “The Lakers are reportedly close to a trade that would bring forward Michael Beasley, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft, from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but Lakers coach Mike Brown said Wednesday night when about it: ‘This is the first time I have heard his name today.’ Beasley, 23, has intrigued the Lakers previously, although there are questions about his dedication and focus. Beasley would upgrade the Lakers’ athleticism even with his 6-foot-10 height and add youth. He would be a project of sorts for Brown, who prides himself on being able to make anyone into a solid defender. The swap might cost the Lakers at least their part-time point guard Steve Blake, who might go with one of the first-round picks the Lakers are holding to Portland, which would give guard Jamal Crawford to the Timberwolves. Blake, who has been sharing minutes over starter Derek Fisher, suited up for the Lakers’ game Wednesday night in New Orleans, as scheduled. Brown said he hasn’t talked to Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak in about three days, but Brown said last month that he is not consulted on every Lakers personnel question.”

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , , ,

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    so portland would swap crawford for blake? i know they r desperate know, but d@mn. And beasley and purple sounds like a great match.

  • Jer Dawg

    Point guard! What about a point guard? I think Beasley is good player but he’s coming to another big metropolitan city where weed, women, and trouble run amuck. He’s gonna be in headlines for reasons other than his ability to ball! I hope I’m wrong and he does 180 turn, but point guard needs to be included!

  • Startown

    As a MN fan, not sure about this trade? Beasley is great at times, but his defense??

    Also I don’t think he is actually 6-10

  • http://Www.achtamsterdam.nl Phil

    The trailblazers would also aquire a first rounder, and since crawford is gone this summer..it’s a fair deal.
    I like the timberwolves side of the deal….the need a two guard more then they do beasley…and they need to make the playoffs this year.

  • J.C.

    They still need a PG but if they can get Supercool Beas for Steve Blake there’s no way you don’t make that trade. And Minny’s gonna really be stretching defenses.

  • T-Money

    mike brown prides himself on making anybody a solid defender? what about mo? what about twan?

  • T-Money

    oh and beas in 6’10 now? he was measured at 6’8 in shoes at the draft combine.

  • kh

    Can’t stand Beasley. I hope this deal doesn’t go through

  • Mike From Spain

    Beasley has loads of talent but he is inconsistent. Lazy in defense, shoots inefficient long twos, does not drive to the rim as much as he should. But when he has a hot hand it is a sight to behold, can go off for 20 points in 15 minutes … he is also a match up problem for the other team.

  • Nice move for the lakers, Beasley comes to LA and reunites with his mentor Norm Nixon

    I feel a bit bad for him having to move in the middle of the season with his kids already settled in Minnesota

  • Paul H

    Athleticism, Small Forward depth, bench and 3 point shooting all upgraded In one foul swoop. That trade makes the Lakers serious contenders again THIS year.

  • jolo

    are you guys forgetting Delonte West. he is the best product of Mike Brown

  • Riggs

    Not a fan of Kobe, but he would be one of a few guys in the league who can set this guys head straight. Lakers still need a PG though….

  • Mike From Spain

    In NBA.com there is another version of this trade, sending Ridnour to Portland as well. No way Ridnour + Beasley for a Jamal Crawford rental is a good trade.

  • http://juan.garcia@computershare.com NBA Head

    Sessions is comming!

  • quest

    beasly had a growth spurt actually, he got quite a bit taller maybe like 6’9 and a bit now, lucky for him he really needed it to play his game in the nba

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    So, Derek Fisher will play 40 minutes a night?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq0hMrfg7qg&feature=related MeloMan15

    this would be greaattt… kobe could train beas to e the star he has the potential of being

  • Yesse

    They aren’t doing anything.

    Just chitty chat like they did before.

  • abaci

    “Nah, yo, it ain’t like that. Look, the pawns, man, in the game, they get capped quick. They be out the game early.”
    “Unless they some smart-ass pawns.”

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Just do it!!

  • robb

    I’m not against it. He can score, he could be the Lakers first scoring option when Kobe and Bynum take a rest. You’d have him scoring and Ron defending, besides Sessions will be a Laker in no time.

  • French Toast

    B-easy is 6’7 not 6’10 and i know MIN are in needed of a PG but they can find a better player than Blake

  • NR

    well we got rid of 2 scrubs (walton and kapono) and 1 inconsistent shooter and all defensive liabilities for 1 starting PG, above average offense and defense but good enough to take the pressure off of Kobe, not to sure about Christian Eyenga and/or Jordan Hill, I guess the only good thing is the age and hopefully they have some potential hidden somewhere but if not, the Lakers can get rid of them without any problem.