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Lakers Rumors: Michael Beasley still an option? Reviewed by Momizat on . Over the past few weeks or so, the trade rumors have been swirling around the league about forward Michael Beasley of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The one team t Over the past few weeks or so, the trade rumors have been swirling around the league about forward Michael Beasley of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The one team t Rating:
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Lakers Rumors: Michael Beasley still an option?

Over the past few weeks or so, the trade rumors have been swirling around the league about forward Michael Beasley of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The one team that seems to be the most interested in the 23-year-old forward is the Los Angeles Lakers. With the T’Wolves offering the Beasley for two first-round draft picks in return, the consensus was that the Lakers might pull the trigger on this deal and get a considerable upgrade at small forward as a result.

Unfortunately, the Lakers determined that the cost of the two first-round draft picks and the effect it would have in terms of the luxury tax next season would be too great to take on. Despite the Lakers declining this trade proposal by the Timberwolves, this deal could easily be restructured to benefit both teams.

According to Eric Pincus of Hoopsworld.com, here is the scenario that might work:

If LA would surrender two first-round picks, the Wolves could swap Beasley for seldom-used forward Luke Walton.

The Lakers have two selections in the upcoming draft (their own and a protected first from the Dallas Mavericks).  LA would be able to send both from 2012 or just one and a future pick in 2014.

Naturally Minnesota has no interest in Walton but would they be willing to surrender some of their cap space next year for draft considerations? Luke is set to make $5.8 million in 2012/13 but he has a 7.5% trade kicker so that would climb to $6.2 million.

This would be an interesting counter offer by the Los Angeles Lakers and just might work if they can convince the Minnesota Timberwolves to make the move before the NBA trade deadline on March 15. Luke Walton was one of the fan favorites on this Lakers team a few years ago, but now most people believe he is by far the most overpaid player on the team and needs to go, either via trade, release or retirement (which he considered before the season).

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  • John Smoth

    It is definitely not worth giving up two first-round picks for Beasley.  He is a troubled player that is a free agent at the end of the season, so if another team would be willing to overpay for him in the offseason, the Lakers could have surrendered two first rounders for a rental.  On top of that, Luke Walton may have some trade value as an expiring contract next season, I’m not saying he will have a lot, but something is better than nothing.  

  • 123kid

    i say nay! luke’s contract is hurting us, but we dont need another SF. i would rather give options to Ebanks than pick up Beasley. what we need is a PG! 

  • Jordan Scherer

    micheal beasley has gotten better as a player. its his off the court behavior that the lakers have to be worried about. I think kobe would be a great mentor for this kid. If i was the lakers i would give them 2 first round picks up and make the wolves take some of there garbage contracts back with them. If you really look at the picks they are late first round picks, I think the lakers could do without them and make another run at the championship for kobe.

    • SHOULDERS TODD

      MICHAEL BEASLEY IS A BEAST HE JUST NEED TO BE AROUND GOOD PEOPLE AND WHEN HE WENT OFF ON THE CLIPPERS TUESDAY I WAS LIKE GET BEASLEY NOW!

  • Kristine Keenan

    OK–here I go again.  Don’t trade Pau!!!  Walton could go, even Metta.

  • LakerLyle

    Steve Nash
    Kobe Bryant
    Michael Beasley
    Pau Gasol
    Andrew Bynum

  • http://www.facebook.com/owaisomer Owais Omer

    i wouldn’t do that up coming draft is said to be on of the best in years with lots of talented players so why get a troubled player for 2 maybe star players i ll take my chances and draft 2 young players and amnesty Luke next season…easy and non of our bench players are going to be here next season which gives us lots of cap space ..i would keep Barnes but other then him no one else….we need to get younger starting off our bench and vets starting    

  • KB24

    MICHAEL BEASLEY IS A BEAST HE JUST NEED TO BE AROUND GOOD PEOPLE AND WHEN HE WENT OFF ON THE CLIPPERS TUESDAY I WAS LIKE GET BEASLEY NOW!

  • http://twitter.com/DeLanoCorleone DeLano Parker

    Beasley has no defence and is an undersized PF.. He can’t guard a good wing..Not explosive enough for 2 #1… Maybe a#1 and Walton….But he isn’t as explosive as Matt Barnes.. I rather go get Nick YOUNG!!!!

  • Got’ em!

    Only reason why this trade goes down is because we get rid of Luke Walton’s bad contract and we gain a more consistent Lamar who can play both small forward or power forward. It also gives us room to dump Metta World Peace. The Lakers could then use their pick for next year and the lower pick for this year. 

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  • Alanjuarez40

    Lakers need to act quick & get a damm player to much rumors & i Dont See Nuthinq NADA!!

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  • Gade

    Here’s the problem, everyone here on this site’s offended by the offer of two first rounders for Beasley, but everyone in Minnesota’s offended by the notion of just trading away our 6th man for 2 very late first round draft picks…  Looks like neither team’s going to take this.

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