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Lakers Trade Rumors: Michael Beasley Is Back In The Mix, But Who Is Leaving Los Angeles?

Michael Beasley has been pretty solid this season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it seems he'll be dealt rather soon as the latest NBA trade rumors indicate that he's on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers. It's unclear exactly what the Lakers would be sending to the midwest in the trade, if anything, as of yet.

The Lakers are an interesting destination for Beasley considering it wasn't that long ago (February 29 to be exact) that it was reported Los Angeles rejected a deal that would have sent the enigmatic forward to Los Angeles. At the time the rumored deal was supposedly involving the Wolves receiving a first round pick in return for Beasley, but the Lakers weren't interested.

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It's unclear what the Lakers would have to give up in the new deal that Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Wednesday afternoon. Whatever it is likely won't involve the Wolves as they're set to receive Jamal Crawford from the Portland Trail Blazers and send away Beasley, meaning their involvement likely won't involve any other major parts unless it's a larger trade than currently reported.

The Blazers would then be slated to get whatever is involved in return from the Lakers, but might it be better for the Wolves to just deal directly with Los Angeles? If the Lakers are not interested in trading away a first round pick, it's going to be interesting to see what Portland is asking for from the Lakers in return for giving up Beasley -- and if the player or pick might suit the Wolves better than Crawford

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