That Michael Beasley trade everyone has been hearing about for a month may finally happen. New NBA trade rumors have an LA Lakers trade trying to steal some of the thunder away from all of the Dwight Howard stories.
It is Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD reporting about a possible three-team deal that would include the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves exchanging players and draft picks. In a Twitter post Kennedy writes, "Sources confirm: Lakers, Wolves and Blazers discussing three-team deal. (Michael) Beasley to LA, Jamal Crawford to MIN, Steve Blake to POR." He later added, "Other players and picks will likely be added to the LA-MIN-POR three-team deal. Those are just the names I'm hearing right now."
All of the information in this trade makes sense, as the Lakers have been trying to pry Beasley away from the Timberwolves and the Trail Blazers have been in discussions for a while to send out Crawford. Now something may finally take place that helps all three teams, especially if the Blazers are able to bring back a pick or two for the 2012 NBA Draft. It's obvious that Portland is looking to build for the future, so the deal might get a little bigger if the LA Lakers want point guard Raymond Felton as well.
This seems like a trade that could go down in a moment's notice, with only the finer details left to get worked out. All of the players mentioned have been mentioned in various NBA trade rumors before, so it isn't surprising that they would all end up getting dealt in the same deal.
Do you think that this LA Lakers-Timberwolves-Blazers trade will pan out? Which team do you think comes out ahead in a deal like this one? Is Michael Beasley the player that the Los Angeles Lakers need to get over the hump?