Lee is Gone, the Beasley Era Dawns

Benjamin Polk —  July 9, 2010 — 10 Comments

Well, the Timberwolves’ David Lee flirtation is over, as the former Knick has agreed to a sign-and-trade with the Golden State Warriors. Chad Ford reports:

Lee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN.com that Lee has agreed to a sign-and-trade worth $80 million dollars over six years with the Golden State Warriors…The deal will send Lee to the Warriors for Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike among others.

Wow, Anthony Randolph and Amar’e Stoudemire are on the same team. Galaxies will explode; matter will dissolve; Toney Douglas will become a man.

But the Wolves didn’t just mope around tearfully staring at their framed David Lee basketball card. Nope, instead they managed to land Michael Beasley, the second pick in the 2008 draft in exchange, essentially, for nothing:

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the Heat agreed Thursday night to a trade that will send Beasley to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who can simply absorb Beasley into empty salary-cap space and furnish Miami with additional financial flexibility to continue the dramatic transformation of its roster. To complete the trade, Minnesota must only part with a 2011 second-round pick to acquire Beasley. The teams have also agreed to a swap of unspecified future first-round picks.

One reason that this move is awesome is that, until the Three Tenors officially sign their deals, the Heat have only one player on their roster, Mario Chalmers. This is the answer to one of those great heretofore totally irrelevant bored basketball nerd hypotheticals: would you trade your entire team for Lebron, Wade and Bosh? (Yes, apparently).

Now, as his draft position indicates, Beasley is magnificently talented; on age and ability alone you would have to say that the Wolves scored a major coup in accepting Miami’s largesse. On the other hand, he’s a weird dude, who has already been to rehab (either for a mental breakdown, for substance abuse, or both) and couldn’t manage to get through the NBA’s rookie transition program without getting fined $50 grand. Also, so far he hasn’t really been all that good (.516 TS%, 12.8 Rebound %, pretty scattershot defense) and doesn’t really seem to enjoy playing professional basketball. It’s really hard to tell how this will go.

On the other other hand, have you noticed that the Wolves now have a whole lot of forwards on their team? Especially ones (like Beasley, Love and Jefferson) that are a little undersized and that don’t defend all that well? More moves to come, I’ll wager.


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10 responses to Lee is Gone, the Beasley Era Dawns

  1. I think it is a great move. Can we all stop destroying Khan? This is a savvy move to cultivate talent at a really low cost. I know people are hating on the Darko signing but really-5 million for a serviceable 7 footer is not that bad of a contract (wised it had been a little shorter though). The Martell Webster trade was a pretty savvy way to get a young player with a lot of upside. He’s taking chances, and when you are in the position the Wolves are in you have to take chances if you like the player.

    Now here is my question….A lot of people feel Beasly is more suited to play the 3 in the NBA he has a nice shot and can do somethings with the ball. Do you see the Wolves going in that direction with him?

  2. Low downside move, I think it was the right thing to do. However, I don’t really see how it’s a “savvy” move by Kahn, the Heat have been begging to give away Beasley for the past two weeks, everybody knew about it, Kahn was the one who said “ah, what the f*ck.” It’s not like he negotiated something, he took the sofa left out on the curb.

    I would love it if he became a 20-10 player, I don’t care about Kahn, I just want the Wolves to get better. Hopefully it works out.

  3. Khan basically has extremely upped the talent level of our team for relatively low costs. Getting Martell Webster for Luke Babbit and Gomes (whom we would have cut anyways cause of the contract situation) and getting Beasley for a 2nd round pick basically.

    So in 2008 we basically have 2 of the top 5 players selected in the draft on our roster.

    I’m not one who thinks Khan is the savior but I like the guy. I moreso like the fact he is making high bust high reward moves (Darko, Webster, Beasley, wanting to jettison Jefferson) they could all go bust, but Khan and Rambis are making high opinions and I like it because either they will get extended in 2 years or get canned. I like the chances

    Getting to the promised land in the NBA is about getting lucky and Khan is playing roullet-I approve of that strategy over Mchales penny slots

  4. Well its funny, because Beasley certainly looks more like a 3 than a 4–he’s got those perimeter skills and he’s just much smaller than he’s listed. But last year he was much more effective both offensively and defensively at the 4. I think that because the Wolves frontcourt situation is so far from being sorted out, its very hard to know how Beasley’s going to be used.

  5. T’wolves starting lineup in 2012

    PG: Ricky Rubio
    SG: Sasha Pavlovic
    SF: Dirk Nowitzki (after trading jefferson and flynn)
    PF: Darko Milicic
    C: Oleksiy Pecherov

    INVASION OF THE EURO LEAGUE!

  6. I think it was a good talent grab, but I’m hoping he will end up flipping him with some other players for a 2 that can shoot the 3 and defend and has a history of lighting it up a bit more than Webster (I’m not sold on Webster at the 2 or Beasley at the 3) . I don’t know why they didn’t go really hard after John Salmons. I think Milwaukee got an awesome deal for that guy. Maybe they could send Beasley and Brewer to Milwaukee for Salmons. I didn’t see this one coming and I’m sure Khan has a lot more surprises for us this summer.

  7. Michael Beasley is 21 years old, which is two years younger than rookie Wesley Johnson AND Beasley has been in the league for 2 years. This is a GREAT move! If Beasley settles down, he could be an all-star; if Beasley becomes a complete nutcase, we drop him and lose basically nothing.

  8. The swap of # draft picks-maybe the year that hits TWolves hit the #1 pick in lottery (that goes to Miami) and Miami is a top team so pick we get is more like a #2. Would not be good, but appropriate in the tradition of McHale/Taylor regime.

  9. MinnesotaWolves July 12, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Getting Beasley was a great grab by Khan. Here’s the thing we all have to remember…he went to Kansas State for a reason! It’s in the middle of nowhere!!! Now I’m not saying Minneapolis is in the middle of nowhere and that it doesn’t have its own set of distractions, but it is night and day better than Miami. Have you ever been to Miami??? That city is all about distractions – the beautiful women, the clubs, the superstars, the gorgeous weather, the “celebutantes.” Beasley knew he was a kid who was easily distracted and easily influenced by the people around him, which is why he picked the isolated Kansas State and their very hard-nosed coach who won’t take disobedience from anyone. I think Beasley will be able to settle down a little more in Minnesota, focus on his basketball career, and turn out to be one of the best transactions the Wolves have made by showing his true potential that he showed in college. I’m super excited to see Beasley on our roster. I think he would be a good fit at the 3 and we can throw him in at the 4 if necessary. He’s got a good shot and good athletic ability to play the 3, and it will be a good way to offset out lack of talented size at the 5 by being bigger throughout the lineup.

  10. Beasley had a very short leash in Miami,never seeming to mesh w/his coach,who kept going to Haslem(a Wade fav) in crunch time.
    FWIW,a Heat fan did some research and in games Haslem missed or had 5 fouls(theoretically limiting his minutes) Beasley ave’d 20 and 9. Small sample-about 10 games-so who knows.
    Interesting tweet from Durant on learning of trade to effect that he was glad his good friend was outta Miami.

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