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Beasley trade talks ongoing with teams trying to woo Howard

Mar 8, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino AP

If you were Dwight Howard, would the presence of Michael Beasley on a team make you want to play there?

I wouldn’t think so either, but some of the teams most active in trying to get the forward out of Minnesota are teams trying to impress Howard, according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.

It’s no secret that Minnesota is likely to trade Michael Beasley, with the most interested potential suitors being the Boston, the Lakers and Orlando. The Magic are pursuing multiple avenues in an attempt to improve the team in the hopes that a long playoff run could persuade Howard to stay. If Orlando holds off on trading Howard at the deadline, sources say Beasley could be a viable piece for the Nets to add as they try to upgrade their talent to make the team more attractive to Howard and Deron Williams.

Does everyone else see more there than I do? He is putting up 11.9 points on 44 percent shooting this year, with a PER of 13.7 that is below the league average. If you let him shoot a lot he can score a lot of points, but he is not going to do it in an efficient way that helps you win. Plus there are questions of his, um, maturity and focus. That’s what we’ll call it.

And I don’t see how that helps attract Howard.

  1. thenetsfan - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Teams are more interested in Beasley’s expiring contract than they are his talent. For the Nets, it’s a way to put more pressure on Orlando. If the Nets clear 2 of Farmar(likely to opt out), Morrow, Petro & Shawne Williams, they’ll have enough cap space to max out DWill, Howard & fit Lopez’s $7.7mil cap hold. If they unload 3 or 4, then they can probably sign a wing like Kirilenko as well.

  2. doctorfootball - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    I agree that these team’s are seeing more in how good Beasely is than most of us. He’s also a bt of a tweener. He’s undersized when defending Power Fowards and too slow to defend Small Forwards.

  3. adiddie - Mar 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Want kind of compensation are the timberdogs gonna get???

    • youallrfools - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Timberdogs? You mean the T-puppies? Probably not whole lot, but it better be something that can score a few points at the 2. Maybe something that involves Jamal Crawford.

      With a competent 2 guard the Wolves could be one of those really scary 6, 7 or 8 seeds…

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:34 PM

        scary 6, 7, or 8 seeds? They are only 2 games out of the 3 seed. The only team the Wolves have a problem beating is the Lakers. Wolves are 3-0 vs the Clippers, 2-0 vs the Spurs, 2-1 vs the Mavs, and 2-1 vs the Rockets. Seems like the only team we can’t beat is the Lakers, but they get their crack at them Friday at home.

      • youallrfools - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        I agree, but I still think that the Wolves will end up as a bottom four seed. It would be great for them to prove me wrong, but I won’t get my hopes up yet. Stars seem to be aligning though – Martell and Williams are improving by the day, B-easy is behaving and accepting his role off the bench, even Marco is playing decently when he gets a chance.

        They have played very well against playoff caliber teams. The last loss to the Lakers was a back to back with the LA teams and they were minus Kevin Love – who should be favored for MVP but is just finally getting noticed (as I’m typing this Kornheiser just said Love is MVP hah). The Wolves had that crazy game the night before and The Lakers were coming off 3 days post break rest with Kobe wanting to prove something after the broken nose. Lots of stuff going against them. .

  4. Josh - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Beasley has a PF skillset that would complement Howard well.

  5. bparmalee - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    This story sounds like bs. They have been trying to give Beasley away for weeks and cant even get a late late first round pick for him. Now… all of the sudden.. teams are interested? It isn’t hard to figure out how bad of a teammate he is… not one teammate has come out and said “Don’t trade him”. They aren’t trying to trade him for a better or equal player…. they are trying to trade him and his 11.9 pts to just be rid of him. When the Heat were trading him for a 2nd round pick only the T-Wolves wanted him. He is the same guy now and so is the trade market for him. They can get a 2nd round pick or include him in some bigger 3way trade…unless they are willing to eat a Luke Walton type contract.. that’s about it. Personally I want the Wizards to sign Keith Vanhorn and then trade him for Beasley…. Beasley, Blatche, John Wall, Nick Young, McGee??!!! Now that’s entertainment!!

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      LOL, what are you tryna build, an all-knucklehead team? That IS entertainment! (But where in world did you just come up with KVH? LOL)

      • bparmalee - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        For while after KVH retired he was in all of the trade talks and I think his contract actually got moved 2 times. I thought it would be nice to dust him off to create the ultimate super team in Washington.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM

        You got me crackin’ up over here! Okay, okay, how ’bout this…I’m not completly satisfied with Nick Young as the 2 guard, I say trade him for Stephen Jackson (aka Stak5) and we’ll REALLY get this superteam poppin’! And for the cherry on the top let’s do whatever it takes to aquire DeMarcus Cousins without giving up our “core” players and watch this shit hit the fan! Hell, even pick back up Agent Zero off free agency. It’ll be like a bad reality show!

  6. greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    They haven’t been trying to give him away for weeks. Trying to trade him, yes. If they can snag a 1st rounder for him after giving up only a 2nd round for him, then good. The Wolves just aren’t going to give him away. Especially since they are in the playoff mix and have won 5 in a row at home. They want a first because they pick goes to the Hornets this year and it’s unprotected. So they are just trying to get a 1st back. They also have Utah’s pick, but that is lottery protected. What the Wolves need is a SG. So no, they are not just going to give him away.

    • bparmalee - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:05 PM

      We will see what they end up getting but a Lakers 1st round pick for a guy scoring 11.9pts feels like a give away… well except for the fact that the Lakers thought the price was too high. No one wants him……. not even his own team. The next time a guy says “I want Beasley on my team” will be the first.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:38 PM

        No, it’s not that the Lakers don’t want him, it’s the fact Minnesota wants a pick and not a player. Thus, they are not just giving him away. Let’s face it, Pau and his huge salary isn’t going to Minnesota. The Lakers would be forced to pay Beasley’s 6.2 million contract, plus his contract again since they are over the luxury tax and it’s dollar for dollar. So it’s really 12.4 million they’d be paying for Beasley.

  7. anhdazman - Mar 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Beasley is a smoking time bomb. One dimensional type of player who just doesn’t do enough or give a team the security that he’ll ever grow up. All the talent in the world, but ready to implode at any time.

  8. ch8878 - Mar 8, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Is there not any tampering laws in the NBA ?

    It seems that the Nets have violated every possible one if there is any.

  9. cashisking4life - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Personally If I was MN I would trade Beasley to Boston for either Paul Pierce or Ray Allen and try to make a run deep into the playoffs. MN has been in everygame that they’ve lost this year. All their really lacking is a strong 2guard to put the dagger in opponents. Pierce or Allen would be a good deal for Boston because they’re aging. Maybe MN good throw a draft pick in there with Beasley. Most of you reading this are laughing but seriously with this being a lockout year anything can happen. Who thought Dallas would win it all last year. Because the T-wolves have Love, I would consider trading the rookie D. Williams for something good too. I like Williams and he has great potential but the wolves are helping him by keeping him on the bench most of the game.

  10. cluelessdufus - Mar 8, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Beasley is a solid player when he takes the right shots if he limits his shots the nets or however gets him will be happy. I could see Deron Williams at PG Marshon Brooks at SG Beasley at SF Humpries at PF and Lopez at C if he is not lazy.

  11. ramblingalb - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    Beasley is very young and projects very nicely. Helin is such a knob, unless they are a 20/10 guy, they must suck.

    The key is finding guys who can do this in the future, Kurtie.

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