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Could Michael Beasley be traded to the Wizards?

Apr 30, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

Our own Ira Winderman has suggested that the Miami Heat would be best off dumping Michael Beasley for cap space, and if they can get a rack of shootaround basketballs out of it, that was gravy.

He’s not alone in South Beach — people are basically done with Beasley. (Well, not Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.) Get rid of him and they can bring in a lot more talent this summer. But who would be interested in taking him without sending players back.

Hello Wizards
. That’s what Washington Post writer Michael Lee suggests.

Beasley has been the subject of trade rumors recently, with the Heat in financial position to pair Wade with at least one maximum-salaried free agent in a star-studded class that likely will include LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson.

The Heat could potentially free up enough cap space to add another marquee talent if it can find a taker for Beasley’s $4.96 million salary…. The Wizards could have more than $21 million in cap space this summer, and while there are varying opinions about Beasley in the front office, some would be open to bringing him to his hometown team, according to a league source.

The question with Beasley is simple: Do you think he’ll get it? The guy has the skills you expect of the number two overall pick. But he mentally is often not in the game, the there are questions about his desire and work ethic. If he comes with focus, the trade is a steal. If not… well, you don’t have to have him for very long.

It may not be the Wizards that take a run at him, but somebody will.

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  2. Anonymous - Apr 30, 2010 at 11:46 PM

    hes staying in miami at least for one more year, hes only 21 his upside is to huge to trade at this point. heat have more then enough cap to keep him.

  3. Levy2725 - May 1, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    We took a look at the possiblity of him going to the Pacers over at Indycornrows. It seems like an idea worth dicussing, but the fan opinion is almost universally against the idea.
    Take a look if anyone is interested:

  4. Anonymous - May 1, 2010 at 5:15 PM

    I wouldn’t want nothing for him at least give us the wizards draft pick. Would be pushing it if we got Blatche or maybe Foye?

  5. Heat Fan in Nashville - May 6, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    I say Keep him for one more year at a reduced role and a new contract that pays him lower to free up more cap space. Let him try to regain Miami’s support with one more year. Other players worth keeping… Wade of course
    Haslem of course
    Carlos Arroyo (starter or backup to a star point guard)
    Quentin Richardson
    Jermain O’Neil (backup role)
    Dorell Wright (More time off the bench)
    Players to go after this summer.
    Lebron James (Do I even have to mention this one)
    Amar’e Stoudemire
    other options
    Chris Bosh and Chris Paul (We need a solid point guard)
    Just my personal opinion. 😀

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