Two times a charm? If so, Michael Beasley is in luck. On Wednesday, he visited with the Los Angeles Lakers for a second time in the course of a month. The increased interest could mean good things for the former Miami Heat small forward.
I’m told that Michael Beasley had a second workout with the Los Angeles Lakers today. We’ll see if the Lakers sign him.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) August 27, 2014
The Lakers would be Beasley’s fourth NBA team in his six-year career.
They worked him out at the end of July and he received positive feedback. It’s probably what earned him another shot.
“[Beasley] looked very good and he has been working out,” one source said to ESPN.com after July’s workout. “A tiny rust from layoff, but [he] did a good job.”
There were rumors of Lakers’ attempts to trade for Beasley in the 2010-11 season, when he peaked as a scorer. Perhaps they hope to reignite that scoring potential within their offense.
Still, this move smells of desperation — much like the Carlos Boozer move did. The Lakers should have all the trepidation that the Heat have. The small forward lacks intensity, consistency and maturity. The 25-year-old and former second overall selection has gone from averaging 19.2 points per game in 2010-11 to 7.9 ppg last season. Though, he did show improvement from his 2012-13 season with the Phoenix Suns two years ago.
It’s a matter of suiting the Lakers’ need. Their roster is starving for a pure three — admittedly, the roster is starving for talent at most positions. Their current options are bending the positions of players like Xavier Henry, Nick Young, Kobe Bryant, Julius Randle.