Reports by ESPN and confirmed by the L.A. Daily News have stated that the Los Angeles Lakers brought in free agent forward Michael Beasley for a workout Wednesday at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo.
It was reported earlier in the week that Beasley was working out with childhood friend and reining MVP Kevin Durant in Los Angeles.
The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Beasley entered the league as a prized rookie as the Heat drafted him No. 2 overall in the 2008 draft. While the Kansas State product has showed potential and moments of brilliance over his six-year career, the criticism of Beasley was that he could never put it all together on a consistent basis while also dealing with off-court issues early in his career.
After two seasons with the Heat, Beasley made his way to the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons then the Phoenix Suns for a season before returning to Miami last year, where they made the Finals.
Last season Beasley averaged 7.1 points per game and 3.1 rebounds (in 15.1 minutes per game). The 25-year-old’s career averages are 13.2 points and 4.9 rebounds. The Maryland native’s best NBA season came in 2010-11 while with the Timberwolves with Beasley averaging 19.1 points and 5. 6 rebounds.
If signed, Beasley would join a stable of forwards already on the Lakers roster, including Carlos Boozer, Wesley Johnson, Ed Davis, Nick Young and L.A.’s No. 1 draft pick Julius Randle. The Lakers currently have 12 players signed, expected to become 13 when a deal is reached with second-round pick Jordan Clarkson.