I was a huge proponent of dumping Dooling last year to acquire Michael Beasley. It would have been cheap and would have netted us a talented SF. But we all know what happened. Blinded by LeBron lust, the front office totally missed the boat. Well, there's another opportunity to right that wrong. Minny will undoubtedly have a very high draft pick this year, again. With Ridnour, Flynn and the rights to Rubio, could Wrath-of-Kahn really be crazy enough to draft another point guard (i.e. Kyrie Irving)? I'd think not. If Minny drafts #1 or #2, it's highly likely that they pick Derrick Williams from Arizona who is perceived as a "sure thing." Derrick was a PF in college but he's projected as a SF in the pros. If this scenario occurs, Beasley would definitely be available because Kevin Love is not going to be moved from PF. Also, Minny drafted Wes Johnson as a SF last year and I can't imagine they would move him. Minny also has Anthony Randolph at PF and Martell Webster at SF and both have much smaller contracts than Beasley. So my point is that Beasley and his $4.9m/yr contract could be moved this summer. Here's my proposal to the Killer Bs who no doubt lurk on this site:
Petro and Grahamvp for Beasley. The salaries work. I'd even consider throwing in the Laker 2011 pick, as all that we'd get at #27 is suckage anyway. Certainly no one better than Beasley at #27. Beasley is a very, very talented scorer who could run with Deron. Then all we'd need is a good defending, running SG. I'd even suggest Tayshaun Prince as the SG, since he's more than capable of defending that position and we'd then be able to trot out perhaps the tallest starting lineup in the league.
Deron Williams - PG
Tayshaun Prince - SG
Michael Beasley - SF
Kris Humphries - PF
Brook Lopez - C
That's a lineup that would cause lots of matchup problems. A team that could run with Deron, or pull back in the 1/2 court and dominant the paint. Also, Prince and Beasley can play multiple positions and create their own offense. Plus, since the Beasley trade would be cap neutral, and Prince/Hump signings wouldn't consume $19m in cap space, we'd still have money left over to add competent players for the bench. On paper, I think this lineup is very competitive in the Eastern Conference. What you guys think?