Reporting from New Orleans -- The Lakers are still trying to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley before the Thursday trade deadline.
A person familiar with the situation confirmed they were close to a deal for Beasley after trying to involve Portland as a third team.
"They're pushing for it," said the source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly.
The second pick in the 2008 draft, Beasley is averaging 11.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in the last year of his contract. He has become expendable in Minnesota because rookie forward Derrick Williams is getting more time.
Beasley, 23, is listed at 6 feet 10 and can play both forward positions.
In one scenario, Lakers back-up point guard Steve Blake would be sent to Portland. The Trail Blazers would then deal Jamal Crawford to Minnesota. A draft pick and another lesser player might be involved as well.