The Lakers brought in six-year veteran Michael Beasley for an individual workout this week at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo and could sign him, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Beasley had already worked out with the Lakers on July 30 and impressed the team enough for another look. As reported first by USA Today, the Lakers also hosted workouts for seven other players this week, including centers Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma and Daniel Orton, and guards Bobby Brown, Ben Hansbrough, Toney Douglas and Malcolm Lee.
Beasley, the former No. 2 pick of the 2008 draft, averaged 7.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15 minutes per game last season with the Miami Heat. He played in only four of the Heat’s 20 postseason games, which ended with a five-game series loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals. Beasley has already played for three different teams (Minnesota, Phoenix, Miami), averaging 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.
Beasley would add depth to a small forward spot that solely features Wesley Johnson in his natural position. Kobe Bryant, Nick Young and Xavier Henry will likely play some minutes at the small forward position, though all three will also likely have shooting guard duties. The Lakers have shown interest in Beasley before, nearly acquiring him leading up to the 2012 trade deadline. But the deal fell apart just minutes before the deadline expired.
The Lakers already have 13 players under contract. They can field up to 20 players during training camp, but they have to narrow that list down to 15 for their season opener on Oct. 28 against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.
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