Friday, July 9, 2010

Michael Beasley Traded to Wolves

With the signings of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, the Heat needed to free up money to upgrade at center and possibly PG. For this reason, the Heat essentially give away Michael Beasley to the Wolves for a 2nd round pick and the right to swap future first round picks.

The Breakdown
If James hadn't signed with the Heat, I would be very high on Beasley going into next year. He would have filled that SF spot and could have lived up to his potential as the 3rd option on the Heat. With this trade to the Wolves, I have no idea what's going to happen with him.

The Wolves have a crowded frontcourt. If they intend to use Beasley at SF, they have Webster, Johnson, and Brewer there already. Most likely they want him to play PF, but Kevin Love is already there along with Al Jefferson. With the Wolves looking to move Jefferson, Beasley could end up being the back up PF, but we have to see how things shake out. As of this moment, it looks like Beasley's value in fantasy is going to take a big hit. I just don't see him starting in Minnesota or getting more then 20 minutes per game unless he's really impressive in training camp and preseason. Beasley hasn't lived up to the hype coming out of college where he put up better numbers than Kevin Durant, but it's still not too late for him to put it all together. As it stands right now, I can't make a final verdict on Beasley's fantasy value until we see what happens with Jefferson.

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