Recently, there were rumors going around that Minnesota Timberwolves’ awful general manager, David Kahn, was interested in sending Michael Beasley to the Los Angeles Lakers in a sign-and-trade, possibly for Lakers’ power forward, Jordan Hill.
Now, we get it: Rumors are rumors are rumors are rumors. But we like speculating, so let’s think hypothetically. We’ve got an entire five months to screw around and speculate, so why not?
Either way, Michael Beasley will be a hell of an asset for the Lakers. It’s obvious that this squad is lacking superior athleticism at the 3 (sorry, Metta, but you can’t jump), and the dude shot a respectable 38 percent from downtown, significant because the Lakers’ haven’t had good 3-point shooters all season, and it was a major deficiency last year.
He’s also a slasher, and can get to the bucket. Most likely, he’ll have to play off the ball, but an entry pass to Bynum, a quick double team and a corner three from Beasley sounds like something that totally fits the Lakers’ needs.
But for Jordan Hill? The same Jordan Hill who was the only consistent player with effort and poise in the postseason and late in the regular season? The only legitimate rotation-worthy big man for the Lakers? Is Beasley worth it?
Well, yes. At the same time, though, the Lakers would need a power forward or center in the free agent market to pick up, or perhaps in a deal where the team gets another youngster buried in his team’s rotation, much like the way Jordan Hill was given to the Lakers. Or, y’know, Lamar Odom for the veteran’s minimum. Just sayin’.
It’ll be interesting to see if that happens, because Michael Beasley — though riddled with off-the-court baggage — is talented, offensively-savvy and, best of all, young, at the ripe age of 23.
MAKE IT HAPPEN, MITCH KUPCHAK.