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Lakers reportedly have interest in a young forward… Xavier Henry

Sep 4, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

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Driving in Los Angeles today I heard the broadcasters on the Lakers flagship station talking themselves into Michael Beasley. They gave it a lot of caveats — if he would take the league minimum (he’s going to have to) and if he plays within the system (he hasn’t anywhere else, don’t think this will be different Lakers’ fans) — however they said if all that came together he could be a good pickup. Personally, I would say it wouldn’t come together and the Lakers could do better.

However, the Lakers do have reported interest in a young forward who played his college ball in the state of Kansas… just not Beasley.

From Ramona Shelburne of

Xavier Henry should be the kind of guy the Lakers (and other teams) invite to camp to compete for a roster spot. Not a guy with a guaranteed deal — he did just have another knee surgery this summer — but a guy who gets a chance.

If you’re looking for a wing with potential down the line… even then Henry is not a good bet, but he’s far more likely to fit in with the system than the guy everyone is talking about. This was a guy who in college at KU was knocking down 41.8 percent of his threes and showed the ability to create off the bounce. In the NBA none of that has happened — last season in New Orleans he took a three once every five games but he continued to show his love for the long two pointer. He’s athletic and he can rebound his position well, he just has enough issues on the offensive end the young Hornets/Pelicans did not want him back.

  1. woodson312 - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    he is complete garbage smh -___-

  2. youngdru88 - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I would love to see kobes face as Michael Beasley chucked up shot after shot

  3. rgarritt - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    The Lakers should take a look at Royce White. Give him access to World Peace’s therapist and he would be a solid contributor.

  4. genericcommenter - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Wouldn’t they have to sign his (millionaire MLB bust) brother, too?

  5. smoothaswilkes - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Camp invite sounds about right. With only a spot or two available heading in to camp anyone rumored to the Lakers will playing for an end of the bench spot anyway.

  6. asimonetti88 - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Would much prefer this signing to Beasley.

  7. dirtydavis - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Lakers should sign Beasley.

  8. 00maltliquor - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:53 AM


    Anything more then a training camp invite would be ridiculous.

  9. muhangis - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Xavier Henry is a pure scrub. Beasley throws up 3x the stats if given the same amount of minutes. B is also a better D player than X…. B’s d gets a harsh rap based on games early in his career, but really it’s the one part of his game he’s tremendously picked up, just can’t say that about other parts of his game.

    But… B > 3X

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      They’re both awful. I’d argue Beasley is worse because he’s just as bad, but plays a lot more, making his impact even worse.

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