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.”
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