Stranger things have happened, but it would be a bit of a shock if Michael Beasley is still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves in three weeks.
The Timberwolves are clearly looking to move Beasley and his $6.2 million salary, creating room for ever-improving rookie Derrick Williams at the forward position.
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.”
Beasley, 23, is in his fourth NBA season and second with the Timberwolves. He is averaging a career-low in both points (12.8 per game) and rebounds (5.3). But many teams believe a change of scenery may serve him well.
On the downside, Beasley has been mostly inconsistent during his pro career, and is viewed as somewhat of a gamble because of past off-court problems.