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Lakers work out seven NBA veteran free agents beyond Michael Beasley

Aug 28, 2014, 12:20 AM EDT

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Michael Beasley headlined the Lakers’ workout today, but he wasn’t the only free agent to audition for the Purple and Gold.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

The workout included forward Michael Beasley; big men Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma, and Daniel Orton; and guards Bobby Brown, Toney Douglas, Ben Hansbrough and Malcolm Lee, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

It’s long seemed the Lakers are delusional about their 2015 playoff chances, and this workout group only furthers that theory.

Pittman, Stiemsma, Orton, Brown, Douglas, Hansbrough, Lee all have NBA experience, providing the illusion they’re decent end-of-roster plug-ins for a win-now team. But for the most part, those seven have used opportunities in the Association to show they’re not quite at that level. Each aged between 24 and 29, it’s unlikely any have taken a major leap since their last NBA stint.

I like Stiemsma and Douglas more than the rest, but the Lakers need more help on the wing than they do center and point guard – that is if they’re trying to win this season. The cat might be out of the bag, but tanking for their top-five-protected first rounder was probably their best course.

Instead, they’re searching for modest low-upside help. With 13 guaranteed contracts, they have room to sign two players (to minimum contracts).

So, they could wind up with Beasley and one other player in this hodgepodge.

  1. fordmandalay - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Beasley’s the only guy on that list I’ve even HEARD of.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:43 AM

      You probably know Bobby Brown. He might be the Lakers new edition.

      • paleihe - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:52 AM

        I see what you did there.

      • therealhtj - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM

        It isn’t love. Definitely. Not.

      • obijuan13 - Aug 28, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        Well it’s his prerogative.

    • 2016olympics - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      You’ve never heard of Toney Douglas?

  2. rrhoe - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Never thought I would see the day when the Lakers were scraping the bottom of the barrel just to fill out their roster,oh how times have changed……..

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:56 AM


      Exactly… was saying that yesterday… though it wasn’t too well received…

      truth hurts…

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM

        The Lakers have 14 players under contract currently.

        Whoever they sign is going to be #15, which guarantees barely any playing time.

        You’re acting like this is going to be a starter and top contributor.

        By the way, Dexter Pittman was good enough for the 15th spot on the Heat when they won the championship in 2012.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        no, I’m not acting that way, just others are TAKING it that way…

  3. 00maltliquor - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:37 AM


  4. ez0682 - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:38 AM

    Sad soo sad well at least LA have the LA galaxy. With actually 3 star’s playing futbol

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      The Angels have the best record in baseball.

  5. censoredpost - Aug 28, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    I can’t sleep at night, I toss and turn
    Listenin’ for the telephone
    But when I get your call I’m all choked up
    Can’t believe you called my home
    And as a matter of fact, it blows my mind
    You would even talk to me
    Because a team like you is a dream come true
    A real life fantasy.

  6. campcouch - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:06 AM

    Kupchak better start learning how to scout college players again.

  7. im10acious - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:34 AM

    Wow! What a dog’s breakfast. How about try outs for Moe, Okodonkie, LeVonn, Juice, and Kingfish from down at the Y?

  8. hojo20 - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Orton should’ve stayed at Kentucky longer.

  9. pl4tinum514 - Aug 28, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Where’s Olowokandi at?

    • asimonetti88 - Aug 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Probably at an all you can eat buffet.

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