The Miami Heat now have only have one player on their official roster – Mario Chalmbers. The Heat send Michael Beasley to your very own Wolves for a 2011 2nd round pick. The teams will also swap first round picks – details to come.
There is nothing I don’t like about this trade. Why? Knowing David Kahn, the Wolves would have probably traded that pick and what are the chances you get a 14 ppg and 5.9 rpg player in the second round – or even the first. The only issue with Beasley is how he is very similar to Kevin Love and Al Jefferson in the fact that his strength is offense and needs to improve on defense.
In his first two seasons, Beasley averaged 14.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, shot 79% from the foul-line, and 46% from the floor. Beasley also comes with a good deal of baggage. Have gone to rehab for a drinking problem and his mental state has been questioned since college.
Here is ESPN’s John Hollinger’s take on Beasley:
Offensively, he’s already one of the best scorers in the league and could be absolutely devastating in a few years. He has a nice two-pronged combo of a strong jump shot from the elbow and a swooping move to his left across the basket area that ends with a short lefty bank shot. He handles the ball well for his size and has range out to the 3-point line. (He made 40.7 percent.) Moreover, he has a great first step and should be able to get layups off show-and-go moves. A left-hander, Beasley goes left nearly every time and thus is much more effective from the right elbow.
Beasley’s contract is$4.96M this season and $6.3M next season.