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Report: Celtics, Nets considering trading for Michael Beasley

Feb 28, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

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I’m beginning to think we should use Michael Beasley as the “desperation meter” between now and the trade deadline — whenever a team considers going after Beasley because “they can turn him around” you know they are desperate.

Enter the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets.

Following in the footsteps of Lakers rumors, there are now reports that the Celtics and Nets have interest in Michael Beasley. Of course, it’s from Peter Vecsey of the New York Post, so please take with a whole lot of salt.

The Lakers, also in dire need of a legitimate scoring threat at small forward, have genuine interest in Michael Beasley, but it’s doubtful they’ll use the $8.9 million trade exception (from Lamar Odom being shipped to Dallas) to acquire him because of the increased luxury tax consequences stemming from the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman recently committed to boosting Derrick Williams’ minutes, making Beasley extraneous. Minnesota is pushing hard to relocate his $6.2 million expiring contract and have the Nets and Celtics leaning.

Beasley is the kind of player desperate teams can talk themselves into, kind of like the decisions you make at a bar at 2 a.m. In the sober light of day the negatives vastly outweigh the positives, but if you want you can note that the guy can score and his deal is expiring so….

Hence, he’s the desperation meter.

  1. zaktmt - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Problem with the Celtics is the only guy they have that Wolves could use is Ray Allen. And that just won’t happen. Nets have Anthony Morrow who could be really great on this team. But outside of those guys they really can’t get much from trading Beasley (which is going to happen, just a matter of to whom and for what). Wolves if they sell Beasley right could really get a steal of a trade.

  2. acdc363 - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    I’d burn the garden to the ground if they traded my man ray ray for the joke that is Micheal beasley

    • gcbball3 - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Ray Allen for mike Beasley would actually be a smart deal, ray Allen is gone at the end of the year anyways so why not get younger and let mike learn under kg and pp. Then come next year the celtics have a nice young core in rondo, Jeff green, brandon bass, mike Beasley, Moore, and johnson

    • mikeewright7 - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:46 PM

      if they trade ray ray ima give you my email address so we can meet up, ill start the fire you just add to it!!! ill be pissed if they trade Ray Allen for dude.

      #RayAllen Biggest Fan!!!

  3. cosmicatomic - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Beasley could be a good 6th man if he’s willing to accept it. The kind of guy you stick on the bench if he’s not playing the right way. That’s what Adelman has been doing. The problem is the Wolves don’t have ANY legit wing starters so it’s kind of silly to make Beasley a 6th man.

    Kind of like the Lamar Odom role in LAL (I’m guessing that’s where the Lakers would stick him).

    Ray Allen for Beasley would be fair from my perspective. Better than nothing.

  4. 1historian - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Remember a few years ago when the big pre-draft buzz was who was going to be the overall #1 choice – Rose or Beardsley? This is kind of sad.

    If the Celtics traded to get this guy WTF?

  5. zidanevalor - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    What are the odds of a Beasley for Marion straight up swap? Minnesota gets a player and Dallas gets the freedom to sign 2 max deals next year.

    I don’t know much about NBA trades obviously.

    • qwertify - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      I don’t see a reason why Minnesota would want Marion. He’s way past his prime. And in my opinion, not worth the money that he’s being paid for anymore. Timberwolves would be better off listening to other teams’ offers.

  6. aboogy123456 - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    What’s wrong with Beasley that Kurt is trashing him so hard?? Ok so he’s not likeable, and he’s a bust considering his draft position. But he can score and rebound above average, and he has scored 30 points once or twice this season. He is still a young guy with time to figure it out, he never fights people on his own team, he’s just a weird guy.

    The fact that people think he’s not worth a trade exception is ridiculous. Kurt always refers to the lakers as desperate because they are trying to improve their team, how is that desperate? He’s a player that will make the rotation and you can get him for almost nothing, so you have to at least consider it. Kurt’s writing sounds kind of desperate actually.

    • llfreedman - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM

      the thing is, Beasley shoots every time he touches the ball and isn’t a high character guy…

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:45 PM

        Ain’t that the truth. Don’t let Beasley’s stats fool you. Sure he can score X amount of points a game, but take that X number and multiply it by 6 and that is the number of shots he takes every game. He’s a black hole with the ball.

      • getadealdonealready - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        It’s obvious you haven’t watched the wolves much lately, I don’t blame you based on their past, but they are a decent watch now. The only way I say they move him is if they can get a legit 2, if not we need his scoring, as we don’t have many other go to scorers on this team. If you watch him since he has come back from his injury he is trying to be a team player, almost to the point he passes the ball too much, and you can tell he just seems a little out of sorts as he is over thinking things. The kid can flat out score, and rebound if put in the right situation would be a good player

      • llfreedman - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

        @getadealdonealready. You are completely wrong. He has been a little better, but look at how many shots the guy has taken even in the last month…Even the games where he barely got in he manages to shoot 8 times.

        The Wolves are incredibly fun to watch and I’ve seen a number of their games. Pekovic is an absolute beast. JJ, Ridnour, and Rubio have been great in the backcourt too. This team doesn’t need Beasley and there is a reason Adleman starts the rookie over him when KLove is out…

    • cosanostra71 - Feb 28, 2012 at 3:54 PM

      Beasley is a bit of a knucklehead. He has as much talent as any star in the NBA, but he is just so inconsistent. If he can mature off the court, it will make his game much more attractive. You do carry your off court personality onto the court, and so far Beasley has yet to show he is mature enough to handle a consistent high level role in the NBA. I hope he puts it together though, because he has a unique ability to score in a variety of ways.

      • aboogy123456 - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM

        I think that’s a great point, and I hate to annoy by looking at it from the Laker’s perspective, but I think he would fit in perfectly there. I think with Kobe motivating him would allow him to keep his head on his shoulders. They also desperately need bench scoring. It’s painful to watch their bench lineup just dump it in to Bynum and stand outside waiting, and then he has nobody to pass to and turns it over.

        As a side point, that’s another advantage of Kobe over lebron. You can bring in knuckleheads to play with kobe, and because they respect him so much they will fall in line. Not sure about lebron as much. It’s also easier for Beasley to find his drugs in LA so at least he won’t stress out as much.

      • Kurt Helin - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

        Anyone who thinks any locker room will change Beasley is in for a shock.

  7. lakerluver - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Hard to believe this guy appears to be a bust. At K. State I thought he was just as good as Melo, Durant, Blake and all the other great players to recently enter the NBA.

  8. fmlizard - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Trading any T-Wolf without getting a wing player (SG or SF) in return should be a non-starter. The Wolves might be one of the most imbalanced franchises in recent league history. Much worse than the SuperFriends and their circle of stooges last year. The positional PER numbers on 82games are absolutely stunning.

  9. percybowl - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Super Cool Beas just smokes too much and has trouble blocking out the voices telling him to shoot.

  10. Justin - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    The problem with Beasley going to the Lakers is Kobe. In Minnesota if he is playing stupid or shooting us out of games Adelman just pulls him and all the players just let it go. Kobe is too fierce of a competitor to let that happen. If Beasley starts shooting them out of games Kobe is going to be all over him. That will create a bad relationship and maybe a worse locker room. I know that is a veteran locker room but they do have some young guys there that could be affected.

    Plus pairing Beasley with World Peace is a situation no one wants. Beasley wants to be Durant but doesn’t have the demeanor or drive to ever become him.

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