The majority of the NBA trade rumors swirling around the Minnesota Timberwolves have involved Michael Beasley as apparently nearly ever team in the league wants a piece of SuperCoolBeas. The Wolves themselves are looking at a shooting guard however -- and may need to pay a high price if they covet Jamal Crawford of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Crawford is only signed with the Blazers for the rest of the season, but the Blazers want quite a bit in return for him. Quite a bit in this case is a starting-caliber player and a first round pick, according to CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
The Trail Blazers have been among the most active teams, seeking to move Jamal Crawford and acquire a big man -- either in the same or separate deals. The asking price for Crawford, however, includes a first-round pick in addition to Luke Ridnour (Timberwolves) or Eric Bledsoe (Clippers). Depending on what point guard the Blazers can bring back in a deal, they'd also be in a position to put Raymond Felton out of his misery. Felton's up-tempo style and Nate McMillan's deliberate offense clearly are not fitting together. "They've got to make major changes," one executive said.
The Wolves definitely need a shooting guard, but if the asking price is Ridnour and a first round pick, it's doubtful they make the deal. Rather it's doubtful they should make the deal, but, well ... Kahn.