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Sixers Rumors: Passed on Beasley?

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Straight from ESPN's Rumor Central:

Here's the latest from ESPN the Magazine's Ric Bucher: "Michael Beasley's collegiate career and NBA stats would suggest an up-and-coming star; combined with his rookie contract in these harsh economic times, all that should make him irresistible to any team looking to move an established, expensive star for a less-expensive future one. But the latest evidence that an overwhelming majority of the league's decision-makers see him as more flash than substance is reflected in a proposed three-way trade whose principle parts were 76ers F Andre Iguodala, Suns F Amare Stoudemire and the Heat's Beasley.

"While other pieces would've had to be included, the trade essentially would've sent Beasley to Philadelphia, Iguodala to Phoenix and Stoudemire to Miami. The deal broke down, sources say, because Philadelphia wasn't overwhelmed by the prospect of rebuilding around Beasley.

I'm not crazy about Beasley, but he'd be an interesting asset. He doesn't have a ridiculous contract yet, and he'd essentially have a 3-year audition with the Sixers before they had to make a decision on re-signing him. He has all the talent in the world, and he's super-young, but he's had some serious red flags already.

Glad Stefanski passed.