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Report: Several teams interested in free agent Michael Beasley

Jul 26, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

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When we last saw Michael Beasley, he was getting shots up in garbage time of Game 5 of the NBA Finals — the clincher for the Spurs, and likely Beasley’s final game as a member of the Miami Heat.

Beasley was signed by Miami as a bit of a Hail Mary, on a minimum salary deal after he was waived by the Suns and when, frankly, no one else was interested. Beasley came into the league with the Heat, and played with Dwyane Wade and under Erik Spoelstra when he started, so the team believed they could tap into the talent and potential that to this point has been largely all but lost.

But the experiment ultimately failed. While Beasley appeared in 55 regular season games, he was unable to produce as a regular part of the rotation, and averaged career lows across the board in every meaningful statistical category. He played even less in the postseason, and one would think that if he had anything to contribute, the Heat would have welcomed it, especially in the Finals when they were completely overmatched.

Teams will always seek out reclamation projects on the cheap, however, and one report states that more than one of them may be looking at Beasley as a roster addition for next season.

From Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:

Several teams have expressed interest in free agent Michael Beasley. Teams like the efficiency and maturity he showed last season in Miami.

Michael Beasley is currently training in LA with Kevin Durant. Lakers could make sense for Beasley. He’d be a good fit to fill out roster.

Next time I see Alex, I’ll smack him for attempting to curse the Lakers in this way.

But again, on a minimum salary deal, there are teams that will take a long hard look at Beasley next season. They’ll need to have a strong system in place with veteran players that have control of the locker room in order for him to have a chance to succeed, but in the right situation, a team will convince itself that they can be the ones to unlock all that potential, and get him to focus for an entire NBA season.

  1. adoombray - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    who is the source? his agent?

    • casualcommenter - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:48 PM

      Yup. I love it whenever a guy is completely unsigned after a few months in free agency, and then you see a “report” that he has many teams interested in him.

      These stories typically end with the player signing for a 1-year, minimum deal, despite the alleged interest of “several” teams.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:41 AM

      You nailed it.

  2. zoomy123 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:14 PM

    Beasley was actually pretty good last year in Miami. While there were reports at the end of the year that some were unhappy with his focus, nevertheless, he made great strides in showing maturity. And when he did play he was efficient and worked hard. Beasley’s only problem remains his defense. If somebody could get him to be an average defender there’s no reason while he can’t be a regular rotation player in the NBA.

    • kinggw - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM

      Yes, he was pretty good in Miami last year. The biggest problem is that Spo didn’t use him enough. When it became clear to everyone that Battier was done, Beasley should’ve got more of his minutes.

      His defense wasn’t good, but I don’t see how one gets a rhythm playing sporadically.

      I’d like to see him back in Miami, if for no other reason they will need the scoring and he’s a much more attractive option than some of the other players they are looking at, like CDR and James Singleton. I think he’s a better option for the Heat than Granger at this point, but Riley likes his vets.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      Yeah, what kills Beasley is defensive rotations. Whenever I saw him, he would compete pretty well in one-on-one matchups. However, if the other team was smart and began swinging the ball around from side to side to force the Heat into defensive rotations, you would regularly see Beasley in no-man’s land, guarding no one and unsure of where to go.

      You could tell he was trying his best, but NBA level team defense takes awhile even for bright young players to master. Beasley’s focus on defense hasn’t exactly been a consistent strength of his, to put it mildly, so he has a long way to go despite being a veteran.

  3. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Pelicans still need depth at the 3

  4. borisalessandri - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Speaking of random drug tests today…

  5. doncorleone17 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    Beasley got star potential, all he has to do is just stay focused forreal. If he can keep his mind right he can grow as a player and become the star he was suppose to be it’s not to late for him. Kobe can shape Beasley up he’s a low risk high reward. Sign him for cheap if you feel he’s a distraction cut him but if he’s focused he’s hard to stop.

    • kinggw - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      Playing with Kobe is probably the worst thing for his career.

      • JMClarkent - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:19 AM

        The good thing about Kobe is that he will make you accountable; I guarantee that he would get an earful for that series against Diaw in the finals.

        I think he needs that – wherever he goes should have a strong veteran presence who can rein him in and keep him focused.

    • adoombray - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      No, dont pull the “potential” card with B-easy, he has used that up. Like Bill Parcells used to say, “you are what your record says you are”. Beasley is a decent scorer who doesn’t play defense and cannot handle any kind of real pressure at all. That kind of toughness doesnt get developed, you have it or you don’t.

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Star potential? How many years were you removed from society?

  6. patfic5 - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    Spurs? Needs a good coach.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      That’s the point though. The Spurs would never entertain such a player. I was puzzled as to why the Heat brought him back.

  7. mnsadsportsfan - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:36 PM


  8. 88heatnation - Jul 26, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Lips Barney purple.

  9. genericcommenter - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    No one wanted him last year. He failed while playing for the only team that would sign him to a minimum deal. So now several teams are interested.

    At least one of these statements must not be true.

  10. fordmandalay - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    He’ll probably be starting for the Lakers this year. What a fabulous off-season of FA pickups they’ve had! Return to the Finals is a lock.

  11. mogogo1 - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    No clue what he was like in practice or off the court but he gave the Heat exactly what they wanted with his offense off the bench. And after watching him come in totally cold in game 5 of the Finals he was still the only guy outside LeBron who could score on the Spurs. Made you wonder why Spo let him ride pine while they were struggling to get buckets all series.

  12. charlescub80 - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    D-league teams don’t count.

  13. irvfin3 - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Brooklyn can take a gamble on him after losing Pierce

    • money2long - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      not a bad idea

  14. bigmeechy74 - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    I wouldn’t want this guy on my team even if it was free

  15. jvw1982 - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    I think if Beasley puts the blunts down and puts in the effort in the off season he can be a good player…..the Heat should have played him more in the playoffs especially in the early rounds….I think working with KD this summer will do wonders, would be a good pick up by the Lakers….

  16. christdp443 - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I see a lot of Laker suggestions here, but I don’t like the fit. Beasley is considerably more efficient at the 4 than the 3, and after picking up Boozer & signing Ed Davis, there may not be enough minutes to go around at the position in LA. I could see Brooklyn as a good landing spot, Garnett would certainly hold him to a certain standard & Lionel Hollins can stress defense. Also with KG declining, he could get the minutes. It may or may not work out, but it seems conceivable.

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