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Winderman: Beasley injury could give other players pause


The NBA-headed-overseas movement appears to be at a waiting-to-exhale moment.

For weeks, the “What if?” scenarios of the supposed mass migration were ones mostly reduced to whispers.

What if an NBA player is injured overseas?

What if such an injury impacted an existing contract?

What if overseas insurance doesn’t cover every eventuality?

According to a report from HoopChina.com, one roughly translated through the marvel that is Google translate, it seems as if Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley injured his left wrist, perhaps fracturing it, while attempting a few dunks in the wake of an exhibition in China alongside Celtics forward Paul Pierce.

Beasley, who had his moments in the game, with 32 points in a victory, reportedly then sought additional medical treatment in China.

On one hand, this hardly would be a game-changing moment for the Timberwolves, who seemingly have more forwards than David Kahn (or Rick Adelman) apparently know what to do with.

And the love-of-the-game clause in standard NBA contracts allows for players to appear in such exhibitions without the risk of loss of guaranteed salary.

Still, these also are not typical times, with access to team trainers complicated by the lockout.

This is not a moment about Michael Beasley or the Timberwolves or even such exhibition tours, which are typical of most offseasons.

This well could be the moment when those previously so willing to head overseas during the lockout contemplate, give greater reflection to the possibilities of such an injury, weigh risks perhaps not previously considered.

There is little doubt that over his three seasons, Michael Beasley has had a way of getting the NBA to pay attention.

This time, though, it might provide pause to an entire league.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.

Report: Timberwolves willing to trade No. 2 pick

Derrick Williams

Clearly, Minnesota GM David Kahn did not love getting the No. 2 pick in the draft.

Can’t really blame him (question how he handled it, what he said, but not the natural reaction of being frustrated). Duke point guard Kyrie Irving made a lot of sense for the Wolves (despite all their other PGs, none of the ones on the roster are as good as Irving and Ricky Rubio is still a year or more away), but consensus No. 2 pick Derrick Williams out of Arizona does not. Williams is a combo forward, but he’s not about to supplant Kevin Love at the four, and then there is Michael Beasley at the three. This was not a need position for the Timberwolves.

So they are willing to trade the pick, according to Chad Ford at ESPN.

I’m already hearing from sources that Minnesota has told people it’s very open to moving the second pick. Kahn really wants to add some veteran help to the team.

That would be a smart move (for the right deal). Veteran help at a position of need would make a lot more sense than drafting Williams for Minnesota. If it happens, this is the kind of trade that happens on draft day June 23, but it’s something to watch for. For the right deal I can see the Wolves pulling the trigger.

Carlos Boozer was Prince’s landlord. This is what it sounds like when Doves cry.

Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2

So just we have the roles understood: Carlos Boozer plays the role of Ralph Furley the cranky landlord, and Prince plays Jack Tripper, the renter who has crazy shenanigans happening around him all the time. And since we’re talking Prince, no doubt there were plenty of rotating women to complete the Three’s Company circle.

Turns out that for a while, Carlos Boozer was Prince’s landlord. Yes, that Prince, the guy in the picture. And it went about like you’d imagine, as Boozer told the Chicago Tribune.

“My realtor was like, ‘Yo, there’s this guy who wants to rent your house. He saw it before you bought it,'” Boozer recalled of the 2004 transaction. “I was like, ‘I’m not leasing my house. I’ve never done that.’

“The amount of money he was willing to pay made me reconsider. And that’s how Prince rented my house out.”

How much money? About $70,000 a month for the 10 bedroom, 11 bathroom home, the Tribune reports. And Prince made all sorts of changes to the house, which former teammate Jay Williams explained to ESPN Radio Chicago (as transcribed by ESPNChicago.com)

“Booz told me how he had this massive house … blue fountain waves kind of came down streaming water that led to the front door and all this great stuff,” Williams said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “And I remember him calling me, ‘Dude, you will never guess, I rode past my house like three times, I had no idea it was my house.’

“Supposedly, Prince changed the front gate to the Prince sign, he changed the master bedroom to a hair salon, he changed the streaming blue waters that led to the front door to purple water, he knocked out walls, he changed the molding on top of the ceiling. Booz was livid. So pissed off, so angry … He put his Purple Rain stamp on it … Booz was like, ‘I was getting ready to go over there and beat this little man down.’ And dude was just like ‘Here, Boozer, here is a little check for about a million, it’ll take care of everything, get it back the way you want it.’ And Booz was like, ‘This little man is cool as hell.'”

Boozer was more diplomatic.

“He did some very specific things that were built for him and his lifestyle, which is very different than mine.”

There was a lawsuit, but it was dropped (probably right after the seven figure check, we would guess).

But this is why I have never rented out my house to Prince.