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Beasley Trade Beginning of Wolves’ True Test?

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Before the 2011-12 season began it was obvious one of the biggest weakness of the Minnesota Timberwolves would be at the shooting guard position. As the season goes on, it becomes even more clear that something must be done to address the situation, which is why forward Michael Beasley has heard his name in numerous trade rumors. "It’s hard, I’ve never been in a position like this," said Beasley. "I’ve always been a starter. Coming off the bench is different. My minutes fluctuate. It’s kind of weird. You just have to be professional about it, stay ready and work on my game. We’ve got so much talent on this team." The Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and even the New Jersey Nets have been rumored to be interested in Beasley’s services on the basketball court and the Timberwolves are in a good place in all discussions. After all, they essentially received Beasley for free when the Miami HEAT sent him to Minnesota, so they can either find a trade for a player that fits their needs, a player who comes off the books at the end of the season or they could even let Beasley walk at year’s end. "It’s part of the game," said Beasley. "I’ve been traded once before. Nobody wants to get traded. I just play basketball, and if it happens, it happens." With rookie Derrick Williams receiving more playing time and, more importantly, finding more ways to contribute more to the Timberwolves, Beasley has become even more expendable. Yet, contradictory to most media reports of Beasley’s unprofessional and immature attitudes, he is taking the rumors in stride. "For now, I’m a Timberwolf," said Beasley. "I love my team and my coaches. If it’s time for me to go, I have no control over that. I’m just playing the game and keeping my mouth shut."

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