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Lakers, Blazers, Timberwolves talk three-team deal to move Crawford, Beasley

Mar 14, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

Michael Beasley AP

Three-team trades tend to die on the vine — there are too many moving parts, too many players and agents and teams to make happy.

But there is one involving the Lakers, Trail Blazers and Timberwolves that is picking up some steam, according to multiple reports including Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Also says the deal is close.

The trade would send Jamal Crawford from Portland to Minnesota; send Michael Beasley from Minnesota to the Los Angeles; and Steve Blake plus a pick from Los Angeles to Portland.

This has not yet happened — Blake arrived and is dressing for the Lakers game Wednesday night in New Orleans — and both Portland and Minnesota are exploring other offers for Beasley and Crawford.

But I can see some advantages here. Crawford fits in with Minnesota and gives them some scoring and backcourt help (with Ricky Rubio down) as they make a push for one of the final playoff spots in the West. Beasley has his flaws but he can score in bunches and the Lakers bench is the worst in the league at that. For Portland, they save money, bring back Blake and get a pick with which to start reshaping their roster. Portland fans would not love this deal.

Just one to watch.

  1. leib15 - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    Why would the Lakers pursue Beasley over Sessions, for seemingly the same price??

    • jackntorres - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      Because Gasol will be moved for Deron Williams?

      Just a thought

      • cinnalocks - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:19 PM

        No he will not.

    • cinnalocks - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      You mean the same salary, you have no idea what the price may have been…. in other players or draft picks. They need a point and a wing Beasley is that, Metta is not dependable as a scorer but his d is still solid.

    • goatdaruthless - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:31 PM

      good point…im a die hard LAKERS fan and im so desperate for us to get a point guard…fisher is a good back up at this stage in his career and steve blake is a joke.How can we be paying blake $4mil a year to be a back up(not a very good one at that)!!!

  2. jumbossportsblog - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  3. bozosforall - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Blake and a second-rounder maybe.

    Still leaving their first-rounder to get Sessions.

  4. smoothaswilkes - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    The Lakers 1st round pick is better served on Sessions than Beasly, for sure. Problem that I’m seeing with this three teamer is that the salaries don’t work out for the Lakers. They need to send out another player to make it work. Beasly is not worth shipping out Blake, their best option at PG, and player X, unless player X is Kapono. Even if this is the case, there has to be another deal lined up. No way Lakers finish the season with Fisher/Goudelock/Morris at the point.

    • smoothaswilkes - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      hmm…. including Kapono doesn’t really balance it out either. yeah, there are definitely more players involved than the three mentioned.

      this works:

      but don’t see it happening either.

      • mlblogsbig3bosox - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        Hahaha that’s not happening.. But yeah this one is more likely to happen:

      • bozosforall - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

        Neither one work. The Lakers need a PG.

    • manwithpizza - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      The Lakers can make this work with their trade exception, Which the trade machine doesn’t seam to understand. The question is whether they want to add the salary and pay the luxury tax.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:21 PM

        You can activate the trade exception once you pick a player from another team to trade, then under his name will be a black box saying “trade exception”. Hit that and it will work. It took me a couple minutes to figure that out too.

      • smoothaswilkes - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        can’t use the TPE in combination with sending over a player. For example, can’t trade Blake and his 4mil contract AND use the TPE to cover the rest of Beasly’s 6.5 contract.

    • asuomason - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      I think the Lakers will be using a trade exception somewhere in this deal.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:17 PM

      It works with Blake and McRoberts ($4mill + $3mill= $7mill/ Felton is $7.5) Plus both are former Blazers. I mean if they really want they can just take on Beasley w/o giving anything up with the Odom trade exception worth 8.9.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        *my bad, not Felton, I meant Beasley and 6.5

    • goatdaruthless - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:34 PM

      Bro blake is a much bigger problem then goudelock

  5. smitheye - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Why on earth do the Wolves want an extremely streaking shooting guard with a career FG percentage of 40%? Why would anyone want that scrub? Blows my mind.

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      probably because their next best SG options are Ridnour and Wes Johnson

    • manwithpizza - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

      Because they are giving up an streaking scoring 3 for a streaky scoring 2, which fits the roster better. They weren’t gonna resign Beas anyhow, so this makes some sense and helps a little for the playoff push.

    • cinnalocks - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:22 PM

      Scrub? You wish you could shoot 40%. They need points and he gets them…..

      • smitheye - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:09 PM

        Oh I apologize… because you must be his mother.

    • asuomason - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:45 PM


  6. 9erfan818 - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    The Lakers own 2 first round picks… And the salary in 3 way trades don’t have to match up as close to salaries in 2 team deals…so they can still trade the other 1st round pick they acquired in shipping away Odom for nothing !!! Trade that for sessions… They can end up getting sessions and beasley if they wanna add the extra cap.. Lakers wanna ship away blake , they don’t wanna pay him for the next two years after this. Beasley is a free agent after this year and sessions has another year. So theyll save money. It only makes sense.

  7. losangelasbasketball - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    giving up a 2nd string streaky guard for an decent odom replacement…like it…

  8. therealhtj - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Um, you sure Felton doesn’t somehow end up on the Lakers in this scenario? I doubt the Lakers give up their only serviceable PG to roll with DFish, Goudelock, and Morris into the playoffs.

    • Justin - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      That is what I was thinking. Even as a Wolves fan who would want Crawford I feel like that would be the biggest snag. Unless they have something in their back pocket.

  9. Justin - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    *****Crawford not on the bench in Portland*****
    Don’t know how telling that is but it is some fuel to add to the trade rumor fire.

    • Justin - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      Blake playing for Los Angeles though…. I give up!

  10. asuomason - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    This is one Timberwolves fan that thinks getting rid of Beasey is a huge mistake. I am so sick of hearing the national pundits talk about his “attitude.” What attitude is that? The attitude that I can come in and ball against anybody in the league. Or when he mushed the loudmouth in New York for popping off? It’s true we need a good scoring 2-guard but that is probably the easiest player to find! David Con-Man will regret the day he pulled the trigger if he dumps Beasey for a serviceable player. 6’10” players who shoot over 50% from the 3-pt line and can create their own shot are hard to find.

    • rooney24 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      But, Beasley isn’t signed past this season, nor would the Wolves bring him back. So, why not trade him? As much as the playoff push has been nice, the Wolves are still rebuilding and should look long term. Derrick Williams will have to learn to play SF, at least part of the time. With Love and Pek at the 4 and 5, Williams needs more minutes than what he can get at just the 4.

    • manwithpizza - Mar 15, 2012 at 4:04 AM

      I agree that Beas has been nothing but a professional since coming to MN. This trade is not about attitude. His contract is up, and he doesn’t really fit the rest of the roster. Dude is probably getting a 4 year deal for north of 30 mil in FA. The wolves simply can’t pay that when they already have Williams at rook wages for 4 years, considering Love’s contract and the fact that they will have to pay Pek after next year. Given the front line they have, they need to spend money on a shooting guard if possible, not on Beas. Best of luck to him though.

      This trade gives the Wolves a better roster for the playoff run this year, just because a 2 helps them more than a 3.

  11. lakerluver - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    This deal makes a lot of sense for the LAKERS. If it goes down expect another deal right behind it. There is no way Mitch will trade Blake without a deal for another pg in the works. I actually like Blake but I’d like Sessions better. As for Beasley, if coming to the best franchise in the NBA and getting the chance to watch how the leagues best player prepares doesn’t do wonders for his career nothing will.

    • SOSB - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Of course.

      This deal only works if it’s in combination with getting a pg in another trade, which is almost certainly the plan. I’m assuming the Lakers are taking their time to wait and see how the Dwight thing plays out, since there is at least a chance that D.Williams is in play.

      If not, I expect them to get Beasley and Sessions tomorrow. Only questions are regarding whether they surrender one or both of their 1st round picks and if they are willing to use the TPE to absorb contract, which it seemes they’ve been trying to avoid all along.

      best case for them is Blake and McRoberts for beasley, then Walton and a #1 for Sessions.

  12. 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Yes it’s true we need a PG more then SF aka Beasley, but I think the Lakers may have a trick up their sleeve once/if (I got $20 says it doesn’t) the deal materializes.

    F*** Blake, take him and his 3 years left! I’ll get rid of him for anybody on a one year contract whether they re-sign next year or not! I trust Fish late in games WAY more anyways, plus Goudelock is no scrub. In reality, I think the Lakers may save their 2nd 1st round pick for a PG that will be way better then Sessions (*Kendall Marshall, fingers crossed!*). Hopefully the 1st round pick they give up is Dallas’, that’s all I’m saying!

  13. keyshawn22 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    The lakers arent going anywhere besides out in the 2nd round anyways, why would they trade away a solid backup PG and a draft pick for junk??

    • cosanostra71 - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Blake has been anything but a solid backup PG this year, especially in the new year.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      A solid backup PG????? How much have you had to drink today and how many more beers and rum bottles do you have left? I’m coming to your house!

    • loungefly74 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      well…thats one way(hating) to look at the Laker’s way of trying to get better. another way to see this is to add a scorer to the bench while dropping an under-performing PG(blake)…and (with fingers crossed) getting a solid PG (sessions) with the other 1st rd pick.

      I’m sure most Laker fans would agree this is a good possible move. Blake never panned out.

    • lunds007 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

      Beasley would easily become the Lakers second leading scorer behind Kobe…Junk? are you kidding me?

  14. jigwig13 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    What happen to Gilbert?

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      I read that two ways.

      Arenas or Dan?! LOL

      • skol85 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM


  15. jcota1 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    After this trade would go thru the Lakers would quickly go after Ramon Sessions for a draft pick from the Cav’s

  16. jcota1 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Lakers go after Sessions right after this trade goes thru. Beasley & Sessions is the right move right now for the Lakers.

  17. lexington11 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    I’ll watch this developing trade with some interest. The starting pieces seem good, but I don’t quite get why the Lakers would want to send a 1st rd pick to the Blazers when that same price was what they balked at before for Minnesota. Plus this way they are sending it to someone in their division as well.

    My guess is that it’s more likely to be Blake and a 2nd or it will be Blake and a 1st to be Beasley and another piece from the other two teams ( possibly Felton?)

  18. omniusprime - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    Doesn’t Beasley have an attitude problem? Yeah just what the Lakers don’t need is Beasley blowing his cork right before the playoffs. Beasley is not the young talented point guard the Lakers are looking for. Mitch Kupcake and Jim Buss have been a total disappointment in bringing in new talent to ensure the Lakers can contend for a title this season. Losing Shannon Brown was a real brain dead deal as well as Odom for nothing. A real shame that the Lakers didn’t pick up Monta Ellis, now he would have been a great pickup at guard. Plus it’s way past time to get rid of Luke Walton, the most overpaid bench warmer in the NBA.

    • manwithpizza - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      As a Wolves fan I gotta defend Beas here. He has been nothing but a professional since coming to Minnesota. There are maybe some questions about his game on the court (and I think he’ll be fine with the Lakers), but he has had no attitude problems here.

  19. lunds007 - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    PLEASE KAHN! Don’t trade B_Easy!! I thought this would be a good idea initially because people were saying that Beasley would be gone after the year anyways but according to Beasley he likes it here and would prefer to stay. So get Beas to sign on for 3 more years… This dude has instant offense and is the perfect person to bring off the bench and he is only 23 years old.


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