The latest half-assed suggestion rumor from Peter Vecsey has the Boston Celtics interested in acquiring Michael Beasley, the troubled soul who smokes marijuana, shoots 42 percent from the field, has a PER that has decreased every year he’s been in the NBA, and knows how to put the rock through the rim, but possesses a game that may or may not actually help teams win, and I’m leaning toward the latter. (New York Post)
The Lakers, also in dire need of a legitimate scoring threat at small forward, have genuine interest in Michael Beasley, but it’s doubtful they’ll use the $8.9 million trade exception (from Lamar Odom being shipped to Dallas) to acquire him because of the increased luxury tax consequences stemming from the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman recently committed to boosting Derrick Williams’ minutes, making Beasley extraneous. Minnesota is pushing hard to relocate his $6.2 million expiring contract and have the Nets and Celtics leaning.
There’s not much to say about this rumor other than this: If Danny Ainge acquires Michael Beasley with plans to build around him in the future, thousands of Celtics fans would grab their picket signs and lead the “Fire Ainge” campaign. The best part of acquiring Beasley would be his expiring contract, but the Celtics don’t need to shed any payroll. The only semi-reasonable Beasley trade that would increase Boston’s cap space would be an exchange of Paul Pierce for Beasley and fillers — and if Pierce ever got traded for a package headlined by Beasley, my head would explode and every dictionary worldwide would burst into flames where it says the word “loyalty.”
With that in mind, file this under “not likely,” or just file it under “did Vecsey do it again or did Vecsey do it again?”