Just when you thought the rumors were going to die down, after a steller Lakers performance, the absolute opposite happens.
According to reports from ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Lakers have some level of interest in former #2 overall pick and current Minnesota Timberwolve, Michael Beasley.
The Lakers’ front office knows Kobe Bryant is looking for it to improve the roster, and GM Mitch Kupchak has been working the phones. He’s spoken to Minnesota about Michael Beasley, and sources say the Lakers are intrigued by the Timberwolves’ small forward. The Lakers were actually in discussions with Minnesota about a potential trade for Beasley before the season started. If they would have been able to pull off the deal for Chris Paul, there is a good chance that a trade for Beasley would have followed.
It’s not clear what the Lakers would give Minnesota for Beasley (if indeed the talks get that far), but the Lakers could absorb Beasley into their $8.9 million trade exception while giving up a draft pick or cash. I’m told the teams have not spoken about Pau Gasol since the preseason. Minnesota is looking to move Beasley, who they feel has matured very little (if at all) since he’s been there, according to sources. The Lakers believe they can handle a player like Beasley because of their winning culture and the leadership of Bryant.
Beasley’s been averaging 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds during 26 minutes per game this season in a backup role. He’s definitely talented, but has had a history of attitude issues.
Broussard also mentions that the Lakers are still in a position to land Cleveland’s Ramon Sessions — likely for a first round pick. Sessions has been on a role as of late, with extended minutes due to an injury to Kyrie Irving. Ramon put up 24 points and 13 assists earlier this month against the Clippers.