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Broussard: Lakers turned down Michael Beasley offer

Feb 29, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics Getty Images’s Chris Broussard has the report:

The Minnesota Timberwolves offered to trade Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Lakers for a first-round draft pick, but the Lakers turned them down, according to a league source.

While Beasley, a talented and athletic small forward, would fill one of the Lakers’ greatest needs, the Lakers rejected the offer because they do not want to add to their luxury tax bill, according to the source.

Broussard goes on to explain that Lakers owner Jerry Buss is no longer willing to simply spend money and have to take the resulting luxury-tax hit, which was the primary motivation behind the Lakers giving away Lamar Odom for the Mavericks’ trade exception when Odom asked to be traded before this off-season. The Lakers may also be saving that trade exception for a possible Bynum-for-Howard swap, although it’s looking increasingly unlikely that Howard will be moved before this year’s deadline.

Offensively, Beasley would certainly be an upgrade over Metta World Peace, who has looked completely washed-up this season and currently has an abysmal PER of 7.07. Beasley is a talented scorer who would help the Lakers stretch the floor — Beasley is currently shooting 46% from beyond the arc, and the Lakers are currently 29th in 3-point accuracy.

However, the former #2 pick does still have some glaring holes in his game, which would explain the Lakers’ reluctance to trade for him. Beasley has been shooting the ball well from deep, but his overall FG% is just 44%, and he’s struggled at the line while turning the ball over nearly twice as often as he makes an assist. The former Kansas State’s star’s defense has also been a major issue throughout his career, which would make him a bad fit for Mike Brown’s defense-first coaching mentality.

Beasley is certainly talented — he showed that with an incredible scoring performance against the Clippers last night — but it looks like he has too many bad habits on the court and too much baggage off of it to make him a desirable target for the Lakers right now. We’ll see if anything comes of this rumor, but I would be surprised if Beasley wears a Laker jersey this season.

  1. stadix093 - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Woohoo bullet dodged!

    • vikingsinla - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      I completely agree. Giving Beasley to the Lakers for their 1st rounder would have been a horrible move for the Wolves. The pick would likely be at the end of the round, and there’s no chance of picking a guy with B-Easy’s ceiling that late.

      Make the Lakers keep their useless pick, and end up cutting whoever it is.

      • rooney24 - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        Beasley is not signed past this season. So, I don’t see the argument that this would have been bad for the Wolves.

      • stadix093 - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:37 PM

        I am a Lakers fan. They wanted two picks for that cancerous black hole. I’m happy as hell they passed on him. Last time I checked Beasley doesn’t play much PG.

  2. goforthanddie - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    On one hand, a #2 overall pick for what will be a mid-to-lower 1st rd. pick isn’t a bad move. On the other, LA might be too much a distraction. But at least he could get his weed need legalized there.

  3. Justin - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    The dude is talented. I know it seems like a risk for the Lakers but I don’t know what else they are trying to get with a few late 1st round draft picks and a bevy of garbage bench players. I guess they are content keeping the roster as is moreover. If they are adamant on keeping Gasol and Bynum what else do they have?

  4. mcjon22 - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Somewhere, Kobe is very very angry

  5. asublimeday - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Remember when some were arguing taking Beasley over Rose?!

    Annnnddddd the Bulls have the best player in the NBA.

    • mytthor - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:05 AM

      The best player in the NBA? Come on, man.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM


  6. muhangis - Mar 1, 2012 at 6:53 AM

    ….. Lakers needed to pull that trigger! I’m not a big Beasley fan, but he’s been really hot lately. A very young improving talent who could produce high quality #’s for the team for many long years….. they were offered a steal, and didn’t take it.

  7. thegrey7 - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    That would have been a fair deal for both teams.

  8. manwithpizza - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    allow me to break down each side:

    Wolves: Beasley’s contract is up after this year and it would be silly of the Wolves to commit big money to him long term. So he’s gone after this year. If they can get a 1st rounder or high 2nd rounder, or even a young rotation player for him, I think they should do it. Hence this trade makes sense for them.

    Lakers: The Lakers desperately need some perimeter athleticism, which Beasley provides. He probably doesn’t make the difference in the conference finals, but in the 1st or 2nd round he might. A 1st round pick isn’t that valuable for an aging contender. Also, they don’t commit long term money and only pay half his salary this year. So the trade makes sense for them too…. unless… they can get something better for the pick plus exception. They might be waiting to make sure the can’t get Howard (or someone else) first, but if this is their only offer to use the exception, they should do it.

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