In his column of garbage rumors, the NY Post's Peter Vecsey claims the Celtics have interest in Wolves forward Michael Beasely:
The Lakers, also in dire need of a legitimate scoring threat at small forward, have genuine interest in Michael Beasley, but it’s doubtful they’ll use the $8.9 million trade exception (from Lamar Odom being shipped to Dallas) to acquire him because of the increased luxury tax consequences stemming from the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman recently committed to boosting Derrick Williams’ minutes, making Beasley extraneous.
Minnesota is pushing hard to relocate his $6.2 million expiring contract and have the Nets and Celtics leaning.
Beasley is averaging 12 points and 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. His shooting percentages are awful: 42% FG and 65% FT.
Maybe Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett can set this kid straight.
As for who the Celtics would move for Beasley, Jermaine O'Neal is the obvious salary match. But I'm not sure I would do that deal.