According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers are considering signing free agent forward Michael Beasley after working him out this morning at the Lakers practice facility in El Segundo.
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— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 30, 2014
Beasley, 25, was drafted 2nd overall by the Miami Heat in 2008 behind Chicago guard Derrick Rose. Last season he was a member of the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat and averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15 minutes per game. While Beasley improved during the 2013 season, he didn’t show enough promise to find a spot in the Heat’s playoff rotation, until they were down by 30 to the Spurs in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals.
The Lakers have twice previously tried to acquire Beasley during the 2011-12 season while he was a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, though both trades fell through. Beasley has already played for three teams in his short NBA career – Miami, Minnesota, and the Phoenix Suns – but has yet to find an offense in which he has truly shined. His career averages are 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game.
There is no doubt that Beasley can be an offensive threat in the league, but he’s a liability defensively and hasn’t quite find his spots on the floor from which to attack. However, the Lakers are desperate at the SF position.
Currently the Lakers have Wes Johnson and Nick Young as their co-starting SF’s, with Kobe Bryant, Xavier Henry, and Ryan Kelly all expected to see time at the position as well. The Lakers could also run out a big lineup featuring rookie Julius Randle at the 3. Beasley would add another mediocre player to a position of weakness for the team.
The Lakers would be able to sign Beasley to a contract worth the veterans minimum. The organization currently has 12 players on their roster, which will rise to 13 once the team signs second round pick Jordan Clarkson.
Will Beasley be number 14?