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Sources Should Say: Michael Beasley Trades

Poor Michael Beasley. Sure, the man has his faults and herbal demons, but he’s also had his share of bad luck. And no, being pulled over last year with 16 grams of marijuana isn’t bad luck- it’s bad planning. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/06/michael-beasley-cited-marijuana-speeding_n_891627.html But still, having had the chance to watch Beasley under a microscope while he played in Miami with those pre-LeBron Heat teams (yes, there was a team in Miami before "The Decision," believe it or not), one thing was clear- the man was as naturally talented as they come. He has magnanimous, ambidextrous hands, a silky median-range jump shot, a surprisingly quick first step - basically all the physical tools a forward needs. The problem was, on a Heat team that takes pride on defense and professionalism, Beasley was as out of place as Will Smith in his first few years with the Banks family. "Goofy" and "laid-back" are two words that fairly described Beasley. They’d also never be used in the same sentence as "Heat culture." Beasley’s lack of defensive awareness and maturity combined with the fact that he played the same position as team captain Udonis Haslem, meant he never hit his stride in Miami. After being dealt in 2010 in what amounted to a salary dump, he found himself in the basketball wilderness known as Minnesota, forced to change position without a competent point guard in sight. Still, last year he was their second leading scorer (19 ppg) and played well. Unfortunately for Beasley, there’s a new coach in town and Adelman doesn’t appear to be sold on him. Combine that with Minnesota drafting Derrick Williams, another guy who shares his position, and it appears as though Beasley’s time in Minnesota may be coming to an end. With that in mind, let’s look at few trades that make sense for Minnesota, while also not being entirely unkind to Mr. Beasley....

This video is my interpretation of the conversation between Beasley and Love at the end of...

This video is my interpretation of the conversation between Beasley and Love at the end of the game.

Is Trent Tucker Insane?

I think this is about the 3rd or 4th week in a row that he's advocated trading Al Jefferson to the Bulls for the number 1 pick + additional assets. I say no, no, no, and more no, but maybe some of you have a different take.

Beasley at 3?

While I still find it hard to believe that the Chicago Bulls would pass on a player that not only fills their most gaping need, but who is also the most talented player in the draft, should M...

Learning to Love Mr. Love

As long-time readers of this blog know, I am a seer-of-the-future and I have long maintained that Kevin McHale simply won't be able to lay off young Mr. Love in the upcoming NBA Draft.   As the...

Reports from Pre-Draft Camp

Draft Express and Chad Ford have the latest developments from the NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando.  They differ a bit with their takes.  Here's what they have to say about players in the...

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