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Might the Lakers have an interest in Michael Beasley?

Sep 4, 2013, 12:12 AM EDT

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The short answer to the Michael Beasley question in Los Angeles should be a resounding “no,” for a variety of reasons. But believe it or not, the case can be made, so let’s break down exactly why it’s unlikely that the Lakers would bother to pursue the talented but troubled forward who was waived by the Suns on Tuesday.

Beasley’s struggles away from basketball make him toxic to add to any team right now, but as always has been the case, he’s intriguing from a pure talent standpoint, especially to a Lakers team looking to emphasize offense and that has holes at the small forward position.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

Getting Beasley at the minimum for 2013-14 would not only allow the team to keep the financial flexibility for next summer that it so covets, but it would give Mike D’Antoni another offensive weapon to work with. This is a guy who has a career high of 42 points, a guy who once put up 22 points and 15 rebounds in a playoff game, a guy who has a 34.5 percent career mark from 3, but has shot 36.6 percent or better from deep in three out of his five career seasons. …

However, style of play wise, L.A. could be perfect for him. Not only are D’Antoni’s open-court sets suited for his game, but Beasley had his best season as a professional while coached by Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis when he was the head coach in Minnesota in 2010-11.

All of that is true about Beasley, of course, but the primary issue with him is never addressed when smart NBA people only observe him from afar.

A scout from another NBA team nailed the Beasley problem perfectly when speaking to Randy Hill of Fox Sports Arizona.

“I guess, from a talent standpoint, it made sense,” an advance scout employed by another NBA team said of bringing in Beasley. “The money wasn’t all that prohibitive, really, and the guy has had some big moments scoring the ball. All of the peripheral stuff … I can’t say anything about that. I just watch what he does on the floor — things that go beyond the numbers.”

What types of things?

“Well, for the most part … he’s just not engaged all that often away from the ball,” the scout said. “At both ends, his focus drifts and it just kills what his team is trying to accomplish … whether it’s rotating or closing out in time or with effort on defense or making a hard cut on offense. He has the physical tools to succeed but rarely plays with a fire. Even when he has the ball, you can see that in how he tries to finish at the basket.”

And that’s it exactly.

It isn’t that Beasley can’t do the things that made him a desirable NBA talent anymore; it’s that he won’t. There’s no passion, fire, or consistent high level of play associated with his game that make him worth taking any type of risk any longer.

The Lakers just signed Shawne Williams, and in doing so already took a chance on a player that flamed out of the league. Don’t expect them to now pursue Beasley, who has struggled with the same issues that derailed the career of Williams, and has had them occur far more recently.

  1. explosivo333 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Beasley would be smart to stay in San Antonio. HOW LONG WILL THE LAKERS EVEN REMAIN IN LA??? The franchise has been on life supourt for the last 10 years anyway, when Koby leaves the team will up and leave LA. Seattle anyone????

    • louderthanwords1 - Sep 7, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Dumbest comment of the week.

  2. asimonetti88 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Please no.

    • coconutbeer - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:03 AM

      lakers are going crazy

  3. rickyspanish - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Beasley is talented but he’s insane in the membrane. If he found himself on a well structured team that doesn’t put up with his schtick, he might be able to turn it around. I know the Spurs probably won’t touch him, but a solid organization from top to bottom like San Antonio would be great for him.

    • spursareold - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      No. He’d be cut by the guarantee date for contracts. Pop doesn’t put up with mental drifters. You don’t have to be a choir boy, but you do have to burn to win. Beasley doesn’t. He’s what I call a paycheck player. He doesn’t love the game, only the lifestyle, so good teams will avoid him.

    • 5xchamp24 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      No team should have any interest in this guy. He really doesnt know how blessed he is to be able to play in the NBA making millions. Let him have to get a real job so he can see what he blew.

  4. hildezero - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    This would be funny if it happens.

  5. eventhorizon04 - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    I usually root for struggling guys to shape up and redeem themselves, regardless of what team they started on or end up on. However…Beasley’s issue is a lack of commitment to the game on and especially off the court. He doesn’t maintain his concentration in games, and he makes poor life choices that jeopardize his career in his personal time.

    I don’t know if re-locating a guy with “focus” issues to a city like Los Angeles that is full of distractions for millionaires in their 20’s is a great idea. Beasley would have some positive influences from a competitiveness/professionalism standpoint in Kobe, Nash, Gasol, etc. but Beasley joining with the LA nightlife strikes me as a bad combination.

  6. 00maltliquor - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Sure, why not. We just signed a 4th SF, might as well go for 5. Can’t have enough SF’s right?

    Why can’t Stephen Jackson or Corey Maggette get a look? Heck, even Terrence Williams over Beas.

    • spursareold - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Trust me: you want no part of Stephen Jackson. He’s been basket-bawful, with the exception of a few playoff games in 2012, for the past two years. When Pop cuts a player RIGHT before the playoffs, you should probably pay attention to that.

  7. dirtydavis - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Yes!!! Lakers should sign Beasley because:

    He never played with a good PG
    He won’t be 1st or 2nd option
    He is a major upgrade in the SF department
    He’s young
    The scouting report is similar to Lamar Odom (2008-11)
    He can play the 4
    More scoring options for the team

    • bougin89 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      “The scouting report is similar to Lamar Odom (2008-11)”


    • ahmedovic8 - Sep 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      “He never played with a good PG”

      Ricky Rubio?

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Mario Chalmers is the best PG in the NBA. Just ask Mario Chalmers.

      • dirtydavis - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        Did R. Rubio play during Beasley time with T’wolves ? If yes, how many games?

  8. adoombray - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Cutting Beasley, then seeing the obligatory “Beasley to Lakers” has been so wonderful for Suns fans it is almost as cool as actually beating them here on the home court… which happened both times last year even on a 25 win team! Good times.

    • muhangis - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:11 AM

      Yeah take pride in a couple of regular season wins against a team in disarray last year. I guess when your team is that pathetic, you take pride in the smallest things.

      In the playoffs, the L.A. Lakers turned the Phx Suns into their bitch, in recent meetings.

      We make it hurt when it counts! Lol

  9. greengrass2us - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    I think the Lakers should sign Beasley; I don’t think it could do much harm. Sign him to a cheap deal; No one is going to want or pay this guy much after being released. He could learn about what it takes to be a pro from Pau, Kobe and Nash. It may change his career around and be good for the Lakers and Beasley. Beasley is incredibly talented in spite of his off the court woes. If he screws up and can’t get himself together, then simply cut him without much financial loss involved. In this case, I think it could be a low risk/ high reward scenario. I also think the style of play the Lakers want to use caters to Beasley’s strengths; He might have success in LA.

  10. ravenousmind - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Absolutely Not A Good Idea. Don’t Do It!

  11. money2long - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:00 AM

    there are some lakers fans out there who secretly want this to happen but won’t admit it for fear of ridicule. i just know it.

  12. zoomy123 - Sep 4, 2013 at 5:49 AM

    Beasley doesn’t have a commitment to the game because he doesn’t need it. He’s being paid millions of dollars to half-heartedly shoot some hoops. This is the problem with paying punks like Beasley millions of dollars for poor performance: they will never become motivated to get better.

  13. muhangis - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:24 AM

    Even at his worst season, his #’s are still better than your avg starting free forward. He is still one of the top 12 players in the ’08 draft class, with what he has done thus far in the league, despite not living up to #2 overall. In the right system, it can improve. That’s how I see it.

    Oh, but he’s a bad person? So far his biggest outside crime that bears any proof is smoking marijuana. In the locker room, no reports of him having any riffs with a teammate or coach.

    But witch hunts are contagious, they say.

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:16 AM

      Just because he has not had outbursts does not mean he is liked or respected in locker rooms. I can assure you part o the reason he has bounced around is people wanting him out of the locker room.

  14. 1historian - Sep 4, 2013 at 6:57 AM

    The kid dug his own grave, jumped in, started dragging the dirt back in over himself and STILL hasn’t figured it out.

    Sounds like Laker material to me.

    • 5xchamp24 - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      2nd best winning franchise in NBA history….another stupid comment about the Lakers

  15. unsportsmenmic - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic.

    • ringjames - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      at this point, the Lakers would sign anyone that can hold a basketball. They’re even willing to sign a cocaine addict if he goes to rehab for a couple weeks LMAO Lakers went from bad to worse all in a few months , the Lakeshow will be the “Wake and Bake show” if Beasley jumps on board .

      • unsportsmenmic - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:03 AM

        Like 2 Chainz would say “TRRRUUUUEEE!!!”

  16. eugenesaxe1 - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    The Lakers need talent who’ll sign for the minimum. Beasley needs a job and easy access to herb. Match made in heaven.

  17. charlesskiproy - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    the REAL problem is Kobe would choke him to death and we would have to bail him out of jail

  18. curtishalsell - Sep 4, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    If Phil Jackson were the coach, maybe, but with D’Antoni, there is no way.

  19. sfsugator - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Don’t send him to LA don’t you remember the Mota is legal here.

  20. chicagofan - Sep 4, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    In the 1980s, they were players regularly snorting coke and likely smoking marijuana and playing at a high level. If he lead the league in scoring, most teams wouldn’t care. But he has not played well enough to be getting high and should get a clue and give it up. He is throwing away a ton of money by being young and stupid. Unlike Aaron Hernandez, he will likely get one more chance to change that.

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