Lakers Rumors: Deadline Day a Success Despite Failed Michael Beasley Trade

The Los Angeles Lakers were busy bees on deadline day.

It started with a trade for Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ramon Sessions, who represents the point guard upgrade the Lakers desperately needed. And all it took to get him, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, was Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and a first-round draft pick. The Lakers also got forward Christian Eyenga in the deal.

After that, the Lakers turned around and traded veteran point guard Derek Fisher and a first-round pick to the Houston Rockets for big man Jordan Hill, as reported by the Times.

In case you haven't quite figured out what all the movement means for the Lakers, I think Alex Kennedy put it best when he summed it all up on Twitter:

The Lakers turned Luke Walton, Derek Fisher, Jason Kapono and two first-round picks into Ramon Sessions, Christian Eyenga and Jordan Hill.

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 15, 2012 In other words, three essentially useless players and some draft picks for some players they can actually use.

Despite all the fun times, much of the focus on deadline day was on a deal the Lakers didn't make. They had been rumored to be nearing a deal for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, but that deal didn't happen.

Kennedy noted that the deal was all in place, and that it just wasn't completed:

Deal that almost happened: Michael Beasley to the Lakers, Jamal Crawford and Derek Fisher to the Wolves, Steve Blake and 1st to the Blazers.

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) March 15, 2012 Scott Howard-Cooper of said it was all Minnesota's fault that the deal didn't happen:

I'm hearing the Timberwolves pulled out of the deal near the end, after Lakers and Blazers had agreed. Would have sent Fisher to Minn.

— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) March 15, 2012 Beasley would have been a good get for the Lakers. He's a young...

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