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.
Happy 37th Birthday Dwyane Wade
Steph Is a Few Shots Away from NBA 3-Point History
Lance's Air Guitar Is the Lakers' New Go-To Celebration
Can Harden Keep His Dominance Going?
Steph Gifts Fan Who Asked for Girls UA Kicks with New Curry 6s
Happy 34th Birthday to LeBron 👑
4 Years Ago, Kobe Passed Jordan on the NBA Scoring List
Drummond and Embiid Reignite Rivalry
Happy 24th Birthday to Giannis Antetokounmpo
D-Rose Turned Back the Clock and Put Up 50
Dubs Trolled Fergie So Hard It Became a Challenge
CP3-Rondo Blowup Was a Long Time Coming
NBA Let Players Know They Have to Cover Branded Tattoos
The NBA Is Back and the Soccer World Is Pumped
Boban Is Back to Break It Down for Another Season
Players Battle Campers in Rivalry of the Summer
Happy 30th to KD!
Andrew Bynum Is Making an NBA Comeback
Kobe's Hottest Kicks 👟
The Kyrie-I.T. Trade Shook the NBA 1 Year Ago Today
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.