5 NBA Teams That Should Take a Chance on Signing Michael Beasley

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5 NBA Teams That Should Take a Chance on Signing Michael Beasley
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In 2008, Michael Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, taken ahead of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love. Just six years later, he's a free agent on the fringe of being out of the league altogether.

We've been here before. If a team signs Beasley this summer, it will be his second, maybe even third, last chance.

Just last year, after signing with the Miami Heat, Linda Robertson of the Miami Herald asked, "In his second chance with Miami, last chance in the NBA, is Beasley hungry enough?"

The year before, Beasley was introduced as a member of the Phoenix Suns and said he was done with marijuana and ready to grow up, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN):

I realize 10 minutes of feeling good is not really worth putting my life and my career and my legacy in jeopardy. So I'm confident to say that part of my career, that part of my life, is over and won't be coming back.

I've really realized my potential. I've really realized what I can do.

Just 14 months later, the Suns waived Beasley, even with two seasons left on the three-year, $18 million deal he signed with Phoenix.

Fast forward back to 2014, where Beasley remains unsigned after two months of free agency have passed. He's worked out with the Los Angeles Lakers, but there's still no offer on the table.

Based on basketball alone, Beasley could help L.A. as well as a handful of the other teams. 

He's a solid scorer, averaging 19.2 points per 36 minutes during his career, and has the size (6'9") and outside shot (38.9 percent from three last season) to play some stretch 4.

The problem is the timeline above.

If some team is willing to take a gamble on that history, it may find itself with a talented offensive player who can add some punch to the second unit.

The most an organization would lose is somewhere around the worth of a minimum contract. Even with all the warnings from the past, he's a low-risk, high-reward free agent.

The following teams could use his offense for a variety of reasons that will be explored within each slide.

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