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Report: Lakers work out Michael Beasley

Jul 30, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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Somebody is going to give Michael Beasley another chance.

Miami tried last season but by the second half of the year Erik Spolestra had given up on the experiment and buried him on the bench. LeBron James was frustrated with Beasley’s focus, the latest in a long line of off-the-court distractions and issues for Beasley. The former No. 2 pick can get you a few points (and he was more efficient than you would think last season) but every other part of his game had Minnesota then Phoenix then Miami throwing in the towel on him.

Now the Lakers are considering bringing him in, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

The Lakers had some interest in him last season.

My reaction? You can’t see it but right now I’m shrugging my shoulders.

He’s certainly not the answer in Los Angeles — and he doesn’t bring the defense they need — but there could be worse guys to bring in on a minimum deal (probably non-guaranteed). Beasley doesn’t really move the needle for the Lakers in any direction.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Man remember when this guy was supposed to be the next big thing….

  2. jonremi - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    He’s 6′ 10″ and only 25 so why not.

    • muhangis - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Please, please do the right thing here Lakers – and SIGN HIM!

      Big time low risk, high reward pick up right here. I’ve seen some serious flashes of talent in this guy, and he seems more mature, committed, and hard working than ever before. He backed up LBJ last year, and got screwed on playing time by Spoelstra. Even if no one else doesn’t, I actually believe in this guy!

      The Lakers need a free forward, and this guy could really reward you if you give him the opportunity!

    • skins26portis - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:13 AM

      Why not cause he sucks . But hey when your desperate as the Lakers are I guess why not. Lakers another Lottery season .

      • muhangis - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:57 AM

        Yeah, he sucks. You sure seem to know alot about basketball. With that kind of name, doubt you know much about football either – Portis is the most overrated / small IQ football player of all-time. I doubt that this guy even knew how to read the number on his jersey.

      • muhangis - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:59 AM

        Right, he’s a bum. You sure seem to know alot about basketball. With that kind of name, doubt you know much about football either – Portis is the most overrated / small IQ football player of all-time. I doubt that this guy even knew how to read the number on his jersey.

  3. fordmandalay - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Sure why not. Who else they got at this point?

  4. cantonbound13 - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Cause he’s lazy & loves weed.

  5. jadaruler - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Why not I say. I think the talent is there, the problem is between the ears.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Report: Kobe sits in on Beasley workout, chews him out after.

  7. sportsfan18 - Jul 30, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Wow, Lakers are getting the pick of the litter now… The cream of the crop…

    Never thought I’d see the Lakers scrapping the bottom of the barrel.

    • paleihe - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:08 PM

      It happens to every team, in every sport.

      Don’t be surprised.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

        The Lakers still have a ways to go before they match the Celtics of the 90s :p

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      The Lakers are scrapping the bottom of the barrel but Heat fans were pretty stoked about him last year when they signed him.

      I wouldn’t want him starting but don’t see why you can’t let him come off the bench and just let him do what he does…..score. He and the Swagster would be a nice combo for the second unit.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        With each year, Beasley becomes less “untapped potential,” and more, “draft bust.”

        Not a Heat fan, but the situation in Miami was a great one for Beasley. His main competition for playing time was a well past his prime Rashard Lewis, and Beasley lost that competition by midseason.

  8. canucks30 - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Beasley, Linsanity, and Swaggy P on the same team?

    Kobe Bryant is going to lose his sanity by December.

    • skoivu10 - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

      Don’t forget boozer

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:45 PM

        ………and that’s pretty much the team. lol

  9. antistratfordian - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Lakers fans wanted him last year. Well they might get him this year. He can still do some things. It’s not all bad when you’re talking about Beasles.

  10. fearthehoody - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    This is so sad! Lakers your officially on Raiders status!

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      Go Lakers! Go Raiders!

  11. RonKarate - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    He’d be good in OKC. Can’t get good weed in OKC.

  12. rajbais - Jul 30, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Is this the “Looters in a Riot” team of the NBA?

    Lin, Boozer, Hill, Swaggy P, and maybe Beasley will be on the team.

    If not, one could argue that this might be the All-mercenary team of the NBA.

    • fanofthegame79 - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      The Los Angeles Mercs. It has a nice ring to it. Kinda sounds like an arena football team name, too.

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        Los Angeles Xtreme… XFL Champs!

  13. explosionsauce - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    Did you shrug your shoulders as you wrote the article?

  14. campcouch - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    He played well as a starter in Miami, then got shipped out because of the arrival of James. Had a career year in Minnesota as a starter then wound up on the bench for some reason there and Phoenix. He was pretty efficient in his second Miami stint and yeah, probably a little salty that he was now coming off the bench for the guy that got him moved in the first place. At least he’ll get PT in LA and since Scott is suddenly a defensive wunderkind, maybe he’ll teach him some D.

  15. tomtravis76 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    How has Durant not convinced OKC to bring him into the fold? They are childhood friends from the DMV and still workout together every off season.

    Maybe they are just waiting for the very special reunion in 2016 with the Wizards.

  16. muhangis - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    This guy is ready to prove a lot of PBT writers ^ wrong… believe me

  17. smackingfools - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Heat should’ve let him play more in the finals. They were getting killed with their rotation. Haslem should’ve played more too.

    • musician0785 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      I thought Spoelstra’s biggest mistake was not playing him more on Diaw

      • billtetley53 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        See what happens when you think? Pretty sure the coach who see him everyday know more about him tjan you do. Musician huh? You do realize a skin flute is not a musical instrument, dont you?

      • musician0785 - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        funny how when someone else had the same idea I had (smackingfools) you dont berate them, but you saw I posted on the site and you HAD to respond……this is getting weird……you must follow other men around on a regular basis. Also why is every “joke” you make, of the homo variety? I think we all kno y……groupie

      • billtetley53 - Jul 31, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        I make posts to you, just like I did to kb, because you’re both delusional and ignorant. Plus, you’re a crybaby on top of it.

        I make “homo” jokes because they get a reaction out of nitwits like you.
        I really couldn’t care less if you are homosexual or not, its not a bad thing, why do you feel the need to defend yourself like it is?

        Why do dummies like you feel the need to keep responding?

      • musician0785 - Jul 31, 2014 at 8:16 PM

        I would pose the same question to you

        “Why do dummies like you feel the need to keep responding?”

      • billtetley53 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:33 AM

        You really are a moron, arent you? I told you in the above post why I comment to you.
        I suggest you get someone to help you with your reading comprehension issues.
        Then again, it must beawful tough to reading when youre leaking out of the eyes constantly.

      • musician0785 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Go away groupie

  18. skins26portis - Jul 31, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    This bum was on the Heat’s roster this past season and he was DNP in the finals. Yea sound this weed smoking lazy no defense scrub. Lakers are desperate if they even thinking if signing him … what a joke . Dude finds another team to steal from

    • mogogo1 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      The bum provided some very nice bench scoring in the regular season which is exactly why he was signed. Then despite them not being able to buy baskets in the Finals, Spo lets him ride pine until garbage time of Game 5 where he came in stone cold and still shot 4 of 7 from the floor. Ask Spo why he wasn’t in there earlier in the series, because the Game 5 box score suggests he should have been.

  19. earpaniac - Jul 31, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    I can’t wait to see him and Kobe try to mesh. Lol

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