David Kahn Says Michael Beasley 'Smoked Too Much Marijuana' In Miami

While rumors regarding Jonny Flynn resurfaced earlier today, Minnesota GM David Kahn made another move: trading a draft pick for Miami forward Michael Beasley.

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David Kahn Says Michael Beasley Smoked Too Much Marijuana In Miami

Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn went on record with some interesting remarks about recent Timberwolves acquisition Michael Beasley while talking to Tom Pelissero from ESPN radio Thursday.

“He’s a very young and immature kid who smoked too much marijuana and has told me that he’s not smoking anymore, and I told him that I would trust him as long as that was the case,” Kahn said.

Kahn went on to justify Beasley’s immaturity by noting that he’s still growing up, even saying that if Kahn would have been put in the same situation that he wouldn’t have handled it any easier.

“He has developed a really good support system around him this past season in Miami. He’s hired people to help him grow up. He is growing up — he’s not grown up. He’s 21 … and he just turned 21 last January, and if you think back, as I do all the time, to when I was 21 and if you had given me this kind of money and put me in this kind of world with these kinds of pressures attached to it and some of the demands, I don’t know (that) I would have handled it any easier than, say, he has.”

Kahn also believes that due to Beasley being so young that he’ll be able to learn from his mistakes going forward.

“I think that if Michael was 25 or 26, maybe I would have felt differently about things. But I feel very strongly that some of these kids simply deserve the opportunity to make mistakes and grow up. The issue is, will they learn from their mistakes? Will they grow from them? In Michael’s case, there’s no evidence yet to suggest he won’t, meaning that he should be able to grow from these mistakes.”

Last, but not least, Kahn reminds everyone that he’s willing to take risks.

“So far, so good by the way. He had a very issue-free season last season in Miami. So, we expect more of the same with us. We’re very cognizant that we, too, as a club have to help him with some resources and make certain that we’ve got everything there to help him continue to grow. But I think it’s going to be fine, and he’s an incredible talent, and for us to be able to land him for … two second-round picks — that’s the kind of risk that I’ll take any day of the week.”


Timberwolves Officially Acquire Michael Beasley

It took four days for it to become official, but the Minnesota Timberwolves have acquired Michael Beasley from the Miami Heat in exchange for two second-round draft picks and cash considerations.

After early reports had the Timberwolves sending one second round pick and the two sides swapping first round picks within the next seven years, the terms of the deal changed, with the Wolves sending two second round picks and money to the Heat in exchange for the 21-year old forward.

#Timberwolves-Heat Beasley trade no longer has first-round pick swap, second-round picks in 2011 and 2014 and cash considerations instead.


First-Round Swap Can Be Pushed Back

As part of the Michael Beasley trade, the Minnesota Timberwolves also agreed to swap first round picks with the Miami Heat as Ben Golliver mentioned below. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune writes that this section of the trade can be pushed back up to seven years from now.

The Wolves agreed to absorb Beasley’s $5 million salary in exchange for a 2011 second-round pick and a swap of future first-round picks that the Wolves can extend out to seven years from now.

The early consensus on the acquisition seems to be good for the Wolves. The move is low-risk, high-reward, and Beasley is still just 21-years old.


Kahn Stands Firm, Says Wolves Won't Trade Flynn

When trade rumors including point guard Jonny Flynn’s name surfaced around the beginning of the NBA Draft, Timberwolves’ president David Kahn said that there was ‘no way’ the Wolves would trade him. Today, with a rumor putting Flynn’s name in connection with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kahn reiterated that point.

David Kahn: “Jonny Flynn is not being traded.” #Timberwolves

Things could always change, but Kahn has been very adamant from the beginning in saying the team is keeping Flynn in Minnesota.


Report: Cavaliers Looking At Jonny Flynn

With LeBron James signing a deal with his future team tonight, and with indications that he’s leaning toward the Miami Heat, the Cleveland Cavaliers are apparently attempting to sway him to stay home. According to Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavs are currently in trade talks with the Timberwolves regarding point guard Jonny Flynn.

Sources: Cavs are in trade talks with Minnesota Timberwolves for PG Jonny Flynn. Flynn is represented by #LeBron’s agent & LRMR.

How serious the talks are is not yet clear, but the Cavaliers seem intent on signing a point guard to help keep James in Ohio.


David Kahn: 'No way' Wolves Would Trade Flynn for No. 10

Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com tweets confirmation that the Indiana Pacers contacted the Minnesota Timberwolves in regards to Jonny Flynn:

Kahn confirmed #Pacers called about trading No. 10 pick for PG Jonny Flynn but there’s “no way” the #Wolves would do that.

For more on the Timberwolves, head over to SB Nation’s Canis Hoopus.

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