Lakers only able to offer Beasley a minimum contract…
Former Miami Heat star Michael Beasley has reportedly undergone a second workout with the Los Angeles Lakers as the franchise weigh up signing the forward.
Beasley remains unsigned at the time of writing, but the Lakers are clearly interested in taking an extended look at him this summer with a view to signing him ahead of the new NBA season.
Although the franchise can only offer a minimum deal, it is unlikely that Beasley would be able to demand anything more given his troubles both on and off the court in recent years.
Having been selected with the No.2 overall pick in the 2008 Draft, Beasley has seen opportunities with the Phoenix Suns and Heat pass him by, and while this latest move doesn’t offer any guarantees for either party, it is perhaps a decent move for the Lakers who will look to make the most of what they have again next season.
The 25-year-old appeared set for a rotational role with the Heat last season, but in the second half of the campaign through to the playoffs, he was largely an unused sub.
With Lebron James amongst those questioning his attitude, it doesn’t suggest that much has changed with Beasley, but if he can prove to the Lakers that he is capable of playing a role for them next season, then they may be willing to take a risk on him.
In addition, it has previously been reported that Kobe Bryant’s influence could finally have an impact on Beasley’s thinking, as the highly talented forward continues to risk throwing his career in the league away.