Minnesota Timberwolves' Michael Beasley, left, attempts to bat the ball away from Phoenix Suns' Marcin Gortat, of Poland, during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, in Minneapolis.(AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)

It dawned on me this morning that the writing might just be on the wall. The Suns have become so desperate for talent that, if you piece the recent comments from Gentry and Blanks together, a particular picture is beginning to form.

Per the GM and coach, we've learned this about their thinking:

1) the team needs frontline help

2) the team needs a go-to offensive player for crunch time, to take the load off of Nash

3) the Suns most glaring holes are PF and SG

4) yet, the first two workouts have boasted fringe prospects and SF/SG combo players

5) even Monday's workout and rumored future visitors are preponderately SF, SG and PG prospects

6) Blanks recently scoffed at the notion the Suns would only bring in defense-first players

7) Minnesota has the #2 pick - most reasonably Derrick Williams (redundant with Michael Beasley), Kyrie Irving (unnecessary thanks to Ricky Rubio) or Enes Kanter (redundant, kinda, with Milicic and Love's minutes).

8) Minnesota has been rumored to be shopping either or both the #2 and the oft-shopped Michael Beasley

9) The Suns have been rumored to be talking to Minnesota recently

How do the Suns get a frontline go-to scorer with just the #13 pick in a weak draft?

The above information opens the door for 2 reasonably viable options - take F Michael Beasley off of Minny's hands, or trade Gortat for the #2 pick

Read on, after the jump... or just vote...

I have never been any kind of fan of Michael Beasley. First, Pat Riley agonized over drafting him at #2 a couple years ago. That draft was a two-man draft of Beasley and Derrick Rose. No way could Riley pass on Beasley, and eventually he took the college hotshot with the #2 pick. But Beasley never blossomed and was eventually traded for cap relief to Minnesota for a second round pick. Ouch. And now, after a mini-breakout season on a terrible team, Minny is ready to rid themselves of Beasley for a better culture.

Yet, Beasley is immensely talented on the offensive end. Good enough for multiple all-star teams. Good enough to be a go-to scorer and solid rebounder. Good enough to hit big shots at important moments. Remember the 1-on-4 drive to the basket with seconds left against the Suns for the lead, last spring? (Minny still lost the game though)


Michael Beasley

#8 / Forward / Minnesota Timberwolves

6-10

235

Jan 09, 1989

Kansas State


Draft express actually has him listed at only 6'8", probably explaining why his pro rebounding numbers don't approach his college numbers.


Pts Reb Ast
2010 - Michael Beasley 19.2 5.6 2.2

 

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Can Steve Nash and Grant Hill bring Beasley to the promised land of winners? Or would Michael Beasley drag this team further into the doldrums of 20-win hell, as all of his previous teams have done?

 

The expanded Beasley deal in the poll

In looking at the Suns and Minn roster, there's not a lot of swappability there. The Suns have a big contract (Carter) but Minny doesn't have any big ones to dump back. The Suns have some bad contracts (like Childress) but Minny would have no interest in him, I'm pretty sure. They've already got lots of wings to develop, plus Martell Webster.

So, I'm proposing taking Beasley's contract into the Amare TPE, then giving more talent back in a separate deal - Lopez for Flynn, plus a swap of 13/20 picks.

The Minnesota could take Williams or Kanter to fill Beasley's minutes and have a nice core.

And the Suns would have a scorer, a new backup PG failure to groom, and maybe a lucky pick at #20.

 

Or, the Gortat for #2 deal

if you don't like Beasley, do you like the prospect of Derrick Williams or Enes Kanter over Marcin Gortat? It seems that Minnesota would be unlikely to rid themselves of the #2 pick unless they get a real starter in return. There's always a chance that Minny would take less, but it's not likely at this point.

So assume Gortat has to go. Do you like a lineup of Kanter or Williams + Frye/Lopez and Hill/Dudley/Chill?

I'm of the opinion that Kanter or Williams would be good players, but not necessarily at the expense of Gortat.

Poll
Which would you prefer?

  817 votes | Results


PHOENIX — Lance Blanks did not give away many secrets in his first media availability in advance of the June 23 NBA Draft. As Blanks put it, would Alvin Gentry publicly discuss his last play...

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  1. Klay Thompson, 6'7" 206 - SG/SF - Washington State
  2. Jordan Hamilton, 6'8" 230 - SG/SF - Texas
  3. Jeremy Hazell, 6'5" 185 - SG - Seton Hall
  4. Gilbert Brown, 6'6" 200 - SG/SF - Pittsburgh
  5. Gary McGhee, 6'11" 250 - C - Pittsburgh


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Draft workouts ahead of the NBA Draft can be a bit overblown. As Alvin Gentry pointed out, you don't make a decision based on how a guy looks in a one-hour workout. Guys can have a great day or a poor day so what the scouts say about a player is more important than seeing them in a six-person workout situation. What matters a lot according to Gentry and Lance Blanks, is the opportunity to talk to the players and get to know them.

Blanks said the entire group of players worked out on Thursday did well. Most of the players the team saw in this workout were slotted in the second round, if at all. He said the team is doing due diligence and it doesn't mean they are looking to add a second round pick (they traded their 2011 second round pick to Chicago in the Hakim Warrick sign and trade).

Asked if the Suns have interest in trading up in the draft, Blanks gave a standard GM response about always trying to get better and said he would be out of place saying if that means the Suns are going to "move up, back or side-wise for that matter".

As for the Suns draft plans, Blanks said the biggest need was up front with a desire to get more physical. On the perimeter he said, "we have a surplus of three's (small forwards) but the off-guard position is something that we'd like to inject."

Alvin Gentry had a slightly different take on it:

NBA Draft: Phoenix Suns Not Inclined Towards Picking Wing Player - SB Nation Arizona
"It would have to be a really, really good wing because I like the guys that we have and the guys thats coming back so that would be something, it would have to be somebody pretty special."

According to Gentry, the team's biggest need as he's expressed to the front office, is a "go-to" player. "I still think that we need that go-to guy. A guy that we can throw the ball to at the end of games where he can go get us a basket. I think that's asking a lot for Steve (Nash) to do it all the time, screen and rolls and whatever," Gentry said.

Blanks said he considers this year's draft to have a lot of parity.

"There's probably a player at 13 that you might be able to get at 10 or 15 that could be just as good as a player drafted at five. With the parity of this draft you've got to be careful of thinking that just because a player is drafted high that he's going to be the best player in the draft. I think there are going to players that are going to be pretty good that are going to be drafted after those top guys," Blanks said.

The highest-ranked prospect in this workout was forward JuJuan Johnson, a forward out of Purdue. Blanks was asked for his thoughts on Johnson and gave an answer that was typical of the level of information he was willing to share.

"I don't want to sound coy with this, but I don't think we know where he's slotted. I don't think we know that until a guy is drafted. He had a great year, he did a good job, as I mentioned all the guys did in the workouts. Where his stock is now, it's a perception. I don't think you can realize until draft night. I wouldn't want to speculate either way on where he might be."

The Suns won't be making any of the other players (Jimmer, Burks, etc) available to the media when they come for workouts.

Gentry said he has a few more interviews to do for a "defensive coordinator" assistant coach. The goal is to have someone hired in June so they have time to get to know the players before the CBA expires on July 1.


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