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Report: Lakers interested in trading for Michael Beasley

Feb 21, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

Michael Beasley AP

The Lakers need scoring, they need someone who can create his own shot not on the perimeter not named Kobe Bryant, they need depth.

And they are desperate enough to consider Michael Beasley.

No, this is not a Pau Gasol trade — come on, nobody is that stupid — but there have been talks, according to Chris Broussard at ESPN.

(Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak has) spoken to Minnesota about Michael Beasley, and sources say the Lakers are intrigued by the Timberwolves’ small forward. The Lakers were actually in discussions with Minnesota about a potential trade for Beasley before the season started. If they would have been able to pull off the deal for Chris Paul, there is a good chance that a trade for Beasley would have followed.

It’s not clear what the Lakers would give Minnesota for Beasley (if indeed the talks get that far), but the Lakers could absorb Beasley into their $8.9 million trade exception while giving up a draft pick or cash. I’m told the teams have not spoken about Pau Gasol since the preseason. Minnesota is looking to move Beasley, who they feel has matured very little (if at all) since he’s been there, according to sources. The Lakers believe they can handle a player like Beasley because of their winning culture and the leadership of Bryant.

Yes, because Kobe seems so happy lately.

And what kind of trouble could an immature guy — with a reputation as a guy who likes to smoke out now and again — get in around Los Angeles? Beasley, the former No. 2 overall pick, is unquestionably talented, but he has the Nuke LaLoosh reputation of the million dollar body and a five cent head.

Sure, these kind of casual conversations between teams happen all the time. Besides, what the Lakers really need is a point guard — Ramon Sessions, Jose Calderon, Kirk Hinrich or whoever else might become available is better than who they have now. And better than Gilbert Arenas.

But it’s hard to predict what moves the Lakers are going to make, logical or not, which all ties back to the questions about who is running the organization, and how. So we can’t rule Beasley out.

  1. stadix093 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Dear god nooooooooooooooooooo

  2. t16rich - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Does he come with the bag of weed and LSD? Thats where his value is.

  3. narrabeen23 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    The Lakers should’ve dug in their heels and not traded Odom. If Kobe would’ve gotten a chance to talk to Odom he would have fell in line and the Lakers would still be contenders.

    All thanks goes to Mr. Jim Buss

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      I wonder if there could be a trade-back? Lakers trade back that stupid trade exception to the Mavs ’cause we ain’t doing nothing with it, and the Mavs trade back LO because I’m sure they are having buyers remorse. They shed unecessary salary and we get a decent big to put on the bench (so as long as he doesn’t take minutes away from Bynum the way he used to.). Seems like a win-win.

  4. baaaaaaait - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    as unreasonable as i know it is, there is a part of me that wants this to happen… i think this speaks more to the god-awful state of the lakers organisation right now rather than beasley’s upside.

    • cinnalocks - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

      Look the Lakers are 14/2 at home, there are a helluva lot of teams like 24 of them…. who would love to have that record.

      The Lakers need to get it right on the road and be 5/6 or 6/5 rather than 5/11 on the road. That would put them at 20/7 or 19/8. Which would put them as a 3 or 4 in the West, currently they are a five in the West.

      Where do you get God awful from? You are tripping! Also God is ALWAYS spelled with a capital G unless you want to be hit by lightning!

      • mannyfresh209 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:01 PM

        #Lakeshow resembling more of a #Freakshow these days

      • passerby23 - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:33 PM

        Even with a better road record and potentially sitting at 20-7, it’s clear this team as currently constructed is not championship material. It’s true, they desperately need a point guard. They were absolutely torched in that area in last year’s playoffs. If they match up with Chris Paul, Tony Parker, or Russell Westbrook in the playoffs, they will get exposed again. Even if they were to climb to the #1 seed, I don’t see these Lakers winning more than a series at best.

      • lakerdownunder - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:04 PM

        Gee no wonder I’m an atheist! Who wants a god/God/GOD who strikes you down for not using a capital letter!?

  5. adiddie - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Trade Beasley for reddick

  6. illogic87 - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    I want Beasley to stay in MN. Hes got nothing but upside!

  7. bozosforall - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Hinrich is an intriguing option at PG. Might not be that expensive either.

  8. mannyfresh209 - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    If the Lakers want Hinrich, may God help them. First round exit

  9. AlohaMrHand - Feb 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Wow.How the mighty have fallen.Can you remember a time where the Lakers were acti g like a desperate team?

    • goforthanddie - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

      Yeah, when Kobe threatened to leave a few years back.

      • AlohaMrHand - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

        That will be the next step.The “trade me” demand.

  10. chiadam - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    And Jerry’s kids (a very apt name) continue their mission to drive the Lakers into the ground. I’m all for it.

  11. 00maltliquor - Feb 21, 2012 at 5:57 PM


  12. tonydelk - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Kobe would punch Beasley after a week of playing with him. But at least Metta would have someone to party with.

  13. frankyvito - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Basketball wise I can kinda see the sense in adding some offensive punch off the bench. But I still think Beasley’s the wrong kinda guy. But what other choice do they have? They are desperate in that spot and at point. And please may I never see another ‘potential ‘ trade for Kyle Lowry. Ain’t happening

  14. rooney24 - Feb 21, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    As a Wolves fan, I would love to see them get anything for Beasley. Maybe they can throw in Ridnour or Barea, since the Lakers need PG help. I don’t know what the Lakers would/could give back that would help the Wolves, but a draft pick or cash would even be useful. Any SG that doesn’t suck as much as what the Wolves have would be helpful.

    • bozosforall - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Gladly give you a draft pick for Beasley and Barea…it’s not like the Lakers ever use their draft picks anyway.

  15. cluelessdufus - Feb 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    making the move might not be the best for Kobe he will take less shots while Beasly will just throught it up and the lakers would probably only give a first

  16. greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    With Beasley on the Lakers, it’s safe to say Kobe’s PPG is going to go down and the teams FG % is going to nose dive. Take him please!!!

  17. asublimeday - Feb 22, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    Heinrich would be a beast in LA. Here’s a bulls fan hoping that doesn’t happen.

  18. schaffershokai - Feb 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Beasley needs to up his game. I suggest he find a nice redhead and do this:

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