Detroit is horrible, and in need of a major overhaul. They signed Prince to keep an asset, and turning him into the talented Beasley could end up being a coup. I know Beasley has his issues, but he’s also got game, and with the way things are going in Detroit, it’s worth the risk.
By adding Beasley, the Pistons would have a young nucleus of Brandon Knight, Ben Gordon, Beasley and the impressive Greg Monroe. It’s not championship-caliber, but it has a chance of being better than what they have now. Joe Dumars once helped rejuvenate the careers of Billups and Ben Wallace. Maybe he can get through to Beasley, who after two trades would perhaps be a bit humbled.
For Minnesota, it clears out their congested small forward spot and gives Derrick Williams room to grow. The Timberwolves need to find out whether Williams can play the 3 full-time, and what better way than to move Beasley out of the way. In case you haven’t noticed, Minny has done quite well without Beasley in the lineup, going 5-4 in the first nine games he missed due to injury.
Tayshaun Prince can’t be traded until March 1, and even then, I don’t see the Pistons making this trade. Joe Dumars has maintained a young, growing team needs a veteran to guide it, and he clearly sees Prince as that veteran.
That said, without the all-important chance to assess Michael Beasley’s character issues up close, I’d probably make the trade.
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