The Los Angeles Lakers are in second place in the Pacific Division, just behind the Los Angeles Clippers, and in fifth in the Western Conference so the team is said to be looking to improve by the March 15 trading deadline.
ESPN has it that GM Mitch Kupchak has talked to the Minnesota Timberwolves about Michael Beasley. "The Lakers were actually in discussions with Minnesota about a potential trade for Beasley before the season started," the site notes. "If they would have been able to pull off the deal for Chris Paul, there is a good chance that a trade for Beasley would have followed."
Who the Lakers would give up in such a deal remains unclear, the site notes, but Pau Gasol's name hasn't come up.
ESPN also reports that the team could still sign free-agent point guard Gilbert Arenas if it can't land someone like the Cleveland Cavaliers' Ramon Sessions in a trade.
Beasley is averaging 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.