Dunking with Wolves has just learned that a potential blockbuster is in the works and might go down before the trade deadline Thursday afternoon.
The trade would send Steve Blake from the Lakers to the Blazers while the Blazers send Jamal Crawford to the Wolves with Michael Beasley heading to the Lakers. Los Angeles would give up one of it’s 2012 first round picks and use it’s $8.9 million trade exception to make it all happen.
“I’m just a pawn in this game,” Beasley told the Star Tribune earlier in the day on Wednesday. “L.A., Boston, New Jersey, Orlando, anywhere … I mean, if they decide to move me, then I’ve got to go. I’m not saying I want to, but it’s something I have no control over.”
One thing that is holding up the trade is the Lakers massive salary cap issues. Kobe Bryant’s massive contract is tying up a ton of money and contracts for Ron Artest and Luke Walton are not making things easier. One of these two would need to be moved or cut to make room for the Lakers.
Another draft of the trade involves Luke Ridnour moving to Portland and he could be added to the current deal that includes Beasley to shift Artest or Walton to another team.
jamal Crawford has been hot on the Wolves radar ever since they made a play for him in free agency. They got outbid by the Blazers and now that they know the price they have to pay, they’re comfortable absorbing his contract.
The trade is also aided by the fact Crawford is staging a mutiny in Portland after he was chewed out in a video session earlier this year. He has grown increasingly displeased with the situation in Portland and moving to Minnesota would allow him to contribute to a team that actually has a chance at making that playoffs. With Ricky Rubio out for the year the Wolves need another scoring option and Crawford adds much needed depth at shooting guard with Wes Johnson currently the only man on roster.
The trade is still in the works but as the deadline approaches, they talks will heat up fast.