Chad Ford and Marc Stein have reported that sources say the Bobcats have been pulled into trade discussions surrounding Chris Bosh – not for his services, but to facilitate a sign and trade between Toronto and Miami, and also involving Houston.
The proposed deal, sources said, would send Beasley and Rockets forward Jared Jeffries to Charlotte, land Bobcats center Tyson Chandler in Houston and create sufficient cap space for Heat president Pat Riley to offer max-contract money to Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and James.
-Can Miami pull of Beasley trade – from TrueHoop
Consider me on-board with this idea – Stockpiling young talent is always a good idea. Similar to the Bobcats taking on Tyrus Thomas, Michael Beasley was a high draft pick who has fallen a bit out of favor with his former team, but remains young enough to still hold a good bit of potential. Check out Michael Beasley's stats for this past season – 19.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per 40 minutes. Yes, his low free throw rate (and 3-point shooting) is (are) a concern(s) – and so is his effect on the Heat's defense – the Miami Heat posted a 99.9 defensive efficiency mark with him off the court and a 105.2 with him on the floor. Troubling – but Beasley's personal defensive numbers look solid, with him holding his man to a PER of 1.51 below expectations. Basically – there is a lot to like out of this former #2 overall draft pick who just a few years ago was rolling through the Big 12 in Durant-like fashion.
Not much from me to say about Jared Jeffries – he is there to make the money work. Jeffries deal expires after this coming season, and the Bobcats would have their choice on exercising Beasley's option – so no long term salaries coming back for Tyson's expiring deal.
Yes, the Bobcats lose their expected starting center from last season – but they would be left with Nazr, Diop, and Ajinca, and it is not like Boris Diaw has not seen a few minutes at the 5 before. With the parameters as they are laid out so far – I see a lot to like about this for the Bobcats.