On Thursday, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reported James "developed an appreciation for Beasley's advanced offensive skills" during their time together with the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 season and wanted him to help bolster the Cavs roster last season.
During a strong 2017-18 season with the Knicks, Beasley averaged 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 50.7 percent from the field, including 39.5 percent from three-point range. He ranked seventh among small forwards in player efficiency rating, per ESPN.com.
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Last month, James said the 29-year-old Kansas State product is an ideal fit for the Lakers' effort to become a "positionless team."
"There's going to be times where we are all playing different positions. That's going to be the benefit of our ballclub," he told reporters. "[Kyle Kuzma] at the 3-4-5, [Brandon Ingram] at the 1 through 5, myself at the 1 through 5. [Beasley] can play 2 through 5. We have a lot of guys that can play multiple positions."
Los Angeles doesn't feature an ideal choice to fill the prototypical center role, with JaVale McGee and Ivica Zubac as the top options on the roster. So head coach Luke Walton will likely use a lot of lineups with LeBron or Kuzma playing center, which will create extra minutes for Beasley in the frontcourt.
The 6'9", 235-pounder could have filled a similar void for the Cavaliers last season. Cleveland also didn't feature a center, but it also lacked proven frontcourt players outside of James and Love.
That said, the Cavs still advanced all the way to the NBA Finals, and it's doubtful the addition of Beasley would have made much difference against the loaded Golden State Warriors, who swept James and Co. to capture their second straight championship.