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Updated: March 15th, 2012 3:28pm
Timberwolves fail to deal Michael Beasley before trade deadline

Timberwolves fail to deal Michael Beasley before trade deadline

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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Michael Beasley won't be heading to Los Angeles after all.

At least not yet.

Although the Minnesota Timberwolves had been in talks about a three-team deal that would send the forward to the Lakers and bring shooting guard Jamal Crawford in return from Portland, the Wolves did not pull the trigger on any moves before the NBA trading-deadline passed at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The Associated Press reported that Portland wanted Luke Ridnour, but Wolves President of basketball operations David Kahn and coach Rick Adelman would not part with a guy who is expected to replace the injured Ricky Rubio at point guard for the remainder of this season.

There was a belief at one point late Wednesday that the deal would send Beasley to the Lakers, Crawford to the Wolves, with point guard Steve Blake going from Los Angeles to Portland. A potential draft pick to the Trail Blazers also was in the mix.

But once it became clear that Ridnour's name was being brought up it made less sense for the Wolves, considering Rubio is sidelined for the season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last Friday against the Lakers.

If Ridnour was dealt, that would have left the Wolves with the oft-injured J.J. Barea as the starting point guard and little-used rookie Malcolm Lee behind him.

Crawford, who will turn 32 this month, did not play in the Blazers' loss to the Knicks on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden because Portland did not want to risk the veteran getting hurt, assuming a trade would be worked out.

The Wolves, who will enter Thursday's game at Utah a game-and-a-half behind Houston for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, wanted to add Crawford to help them at shooting guard.

The AP also reported the Wolves had discussions about obtaining shooting guard Jason Richardson from Orlando.

The 23-year-old Beasley, who has averaged 15.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in his four-year career, is averaging 11.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game this season. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Miami Heat but was traded to the Wolves in the summer of 2010 for a second-round pick.

He will be a restricted free agent this summer.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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