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Report: Magic, Timberwolves discuss deal involving Jason Richardson

Mar 14, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

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The Magic have been much busier in the days leading up to the NBA’s trade deadline than they’d like to be, thanks to Dwight Howard‘s uncertain future in Orlando and the many teams interested in offering a collection of less talented players in exchange for the league’s best big man. But he’s not the only player that teams are calling about.

The Timberwolves have been in talks with the Magic about a deal involving Jason Richardson, reports Jarrod Rudolph of, and Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld says the proposed deal would send Michael Beasley back to Orlando in return.

Minnesota has been looking to deal Beasley, likely due to the fact that the team’s frontcourt is overloaded with talent. Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, and rookie Derrick Williams are all producing, and the biggest weakness the Timberwolves have right now is a lack of consistent production from their wing players.

Richardson is aging, but he’s still proven to be a capable scorer. And clearly, he’d be a huge upgrade over the likes of Martell Webster, Wesley Johnson, and Wayne Ellington. There’s a slight salary cap concern here for Minnesota, if only because Richardson has two years left on his current deal, and a player option for a third year in the neighborhood of $6.6 million.

The dollars are by no means outrageous for a legitimate scoring threat of 15-20 points per game, but being locked in with him for the next three seasons might not be all that appealing from a flexibility standpoint.

As is the case with many of these reports this time of year, nothing is imminent. This is especially true in Orlando, where the team is not likely to do anything until right at the deadline, and only after weighing every last one of its options when it comes to what they want to do with Dwight Howard.

  1. Justin - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I don’t get how the Wolves come out ahead on this. They would be losing a lot of flexibility when it comes to the upcoming off-season. Jason Richardson is a good player but the dude is pretty old. Plus like the article said we would be locked in for like 3 more years. Maybe they are hoping for a draft pick in return but I doubt the magic do that. We’ll see.

    Here is a good list of the TWolves rumors

    • dacapt704 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      They will get that wing scorer and 3pt threat they need from the backcourt. $10 if you can name who their current starting SG is..LOL

      They are overloaded at F, why not do it?

      • Justin - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:45 PM

        Well with the Rubio injury they moved Luke from SG to PG and have started Webster. I like the rumors with a Crawford deal much better. The Richardson deal kinda handcuffs them when FA arrives.

  2. smitheye - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    I will throw up if Kahn does this.

  3. sabanissatan - Mar 14, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    this doesn’t benefit either team… it pains me to be a magic fan right now, the entire organization is falling apart

    • Justin - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Or is it? Sounds like they are keeping Howard for 1 more year!

  4. cdins - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    Jrich is 31. Still got 3 solid years left

  5. 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    It’s crazy to see what Beasley is being given away for after being drafted #2 overall and actually hasn’t been a bust. Not what we all probably thought he would be, but definatly not a bust. MIA gives him up for a 2nd rounder, now MIN wants to discard him for an older J Rich on a 4 year/6+ per year contract!? Please don’t do this to yourselves T-Wolves! You guys have come so far!!

    You know what, I didn’t want him at first, but for what he can be had for, the Lakers need to start seeing what’s up. We could use another scorer that’s young with upside for pennies on the dollar, no matter how brainless he is.

  6. rooney24 - Mar 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    I hope the Wolves don’t take on a contract for more than next season at most if/when the move Beasley, unless it were a guy you actually want for longer.

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