Fox's Sam Amico has this report on the Wolves efforts to trade forward Michael Beasley:
According to multiple FOX Sports Ohio sources, the Wolves have already spoken with New Jersey, Houston and the L.A. Lakers about Beasley. While both teams are said to still be open to a deal, it appears Beasley’s most likely landing spot, for the time being, is Boston.
The Celtics visited Cleveland on Tuesday, and the majority of the talk centered around a deal that would send center Jermaine O’Neal to Minnesota for Beasley. O’Neal is solid, but often-injured, causing some to wonder why the Wolves would be interested in such a deal.
However, the salaries match, and O’Neal’s $6.2 million comes off the books at season’s end.
“Minnesota is dangling Beasley to see what else they can get, but I’d be surprised if this wasn’t the deal they eventually made by the (March 15) trading deadline,” one source said. “The Celtics, of course, would love it.”
Is Jermaine O'Neal really the best offer on the table for Michael Beasley? That's frightening. If so, it shows how desperate Minny is to dump the former #2 draft pick. With the Wolves are fighting for a playoff spot, it's possible David Kahn wants JO to help shore up the interior defense?
Beasley will be a restricted free-agent next year with an $8.2 million qualifying offer. He's not going to get $8 million from the Celtics or any other team.
The Celtics are getting very little out of JO. With KG playing more minutes at center and Chris Wilcox thriving, I would not hesitate to move him. Maybe Doc Rivers and the veterans can set Beasley on the right path.
A couple days ago I was resistant to this trade. Now I'm ready to pull the trigger. Let us know what you think by voting in our poll on the right sidebar.