Michael Beasley has earned several opportunities during his career, but landing with the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason might be his best-case scenario. With an experienced group heading into the 2014-15 season, Beasley in Hollywood has a chance to provide results.
The potential deal was initially reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:
The Los Angeles Lakers are considering signing free-agent forward Michael Beasley and brought in the six-year veteran for a workout at their El Segundo, California, practice facility Wednesday, according to multiple sources.
'[Beasley] looked very good and he has been working out,' one source said. 'A tiny rust from layoff, but [he] did a good job.'
Following the first rumor surrounding Beasley, word has been mostly mum coming out of L.A. But talks have still been taking place between the two sides as Beasley looks to find his next landing spot in the NBA.
In recent days, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders shared his knowledge of the situation on Twitter:
.@dannyboyrecords: how is the signing of Michael Beasley looking for the Lakers --> both sides looking for a different kind of deal.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) August 15, 2014
.@cadillac276: are Lakers in negotiations with michael beasley? ---> negotiations? No. He met and worked out for them... remains possible.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) August 17, 2014
Prior to those rumors, Kyler shared the stipulations for Beasley to sign with the Lakers. Those conditions include guaranteed money and playing time, according to Kyler.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders also offered what franchises see in Beasley and his thoughts on a potential deal with the Lakers:
Several teams have expressed interest in free agent Michael Beasley. Teams like the efficiency and maturity he showed last season in Miami.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 26, 2014
Michael Beasley is currently training in LA with Kevin Durant. Lakers could make sense for Beasley. He'd be a good fit to fill out roster.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 26, 2014
While Beasley put up just 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season with the Miami Heat, he appeared to accept his position as a role player. With just two starts and 15.1 minutes per game in 2013-14, a new team might offer more opportunities for success.
Should the Lakers sign Michael Beasley?
The former second overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft would be a low-risk, high-reward option for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant is aging and has a chance to mentor the former college star to help the team in the future.
Following a season where the Lakers fell well short of contending in the Western Conference, Beasley serves as another weapon. And at just 25 years old, he is still young enough to turn his career around.
Thanks to also having the likes of Nick Young re-signed for four years, the small forward position is secured. As a depth resource and complement to Swaggy P, Beasley would flourish in L.A.
Beasley's career hasn't gone in the direction he once hoped, but the Lakers offer a fresh start. If he continues to mature and increase production with the franchise, Beasley also has a chance to be part of the future plans for the Lakers.
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