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Heat-Timberwolves Michael Beasley Trade - July 9
Minnesota Timberwolves Get:
F Michael Beasley
Miami Heat Get:
2011 2nd round pick
Why this makes sense for Minnesota:
Why the hell not, right? The Heat were trying to give Michael Beasley away and all it cost Minnesota was a second-round pick. There is also a swapping of first-round picks involved in the deal sometime in the next seven years though. Details on this are murky at best, but this could be a massive mistake by David Kahn. I feel like I've written that previous sentence a couple times in the past 13 months.
Beasley has talent but it is well known that he has not lived up to his expectations as the second-overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. It seems to be a lack of effort that is holding him back. Maybe a new environment and the fact that he is in the final year of his guaranteed rookie contract will light a fire underneath him.
But umm... where are his minutes going to come from? Minnesota already has Love and Jefferson at power forward, and just drafted small forwards Wesley Johnson and Lazar Hayward, and traded for Martell Webster. Kahn tried this at the end of the season with Darko and is probably hoping Beasley reaches his potential with the opportunity presented to him in Minnesota. If not, it was worth the one-year test I guess...
Why this makes sense for Miami:
See James, LeBron... Wade, Dwyane... Bosh, Chris...
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