Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby darkice18 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:58 am

Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

By Dave McMenamin | September 3, 2013 5:35:40 PM PDT
Michael Beasley was waived by the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, putting the talented, yet troubled, 6-10, 235-pound former No. 2 pick on the market.

With the Los Angeles Lakers lacking a proven small forward on their roster after using the amnesty clause on Metta World Peace, it's only natural to wonder if Beasley might be a good fit in purple and gold.

Here are four questions to consider before that can happen:

1. What is the waiver process for Beasley?

Beasley was owed $6 million by Phoenix in 2013-14 and $6.25 million in 2014-15, but only $3 million of his '14-15 deal was guaranteed. Beasley agreed to a $7 million buyout with the Suns, according to Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix. If any team out there chooses to claim the remaining $7 million on his contract, they'll retain Beasley's rights. That's unlikely to happen.

The way this usually works is a player clears the 48-hour waiver process and then the bids come in, with teams free to use their mid-level, mini mid-level or biannual exception to try to entice Beasley to come on board. The Lakers do not have any of those exceptions available to them. They used their entire mini mid-level exception on Chris Kaman and do not qualify for the biannual exception because of their luxury tax situation, so all they could offer Beasley is a veteran's minimum deal worth approximately $1 million.

There is a chance that a team like Philadelphia, which has not yet met the minimum salary requirement for the 2013-14 season could take on his full salary to meet that basement level, but Philly could just wait to sign other free agents to account for the approximately $10 million in salary it has to acquire without bringing in someone like Beasley with his off-court background into its young, impressionable locker room.

2. Will the Lakers be interested in Beasley?

As one source familiar with the Lakers thinking said, "There's a reason why Phoenix cut him." Even though Beasley is just 24 years old and has career averages of 14.1 points and 5.2 rebounds in just 26.4 minutes per game, it was his arrest on suspicion of marijuana possession in August that seemed to be what ultimately pushed Phoenix to go in another direction.

However, Beasley had off-court issues before this summer and that didn't stop the Lakers from pushing hard to get him in the 2011-12 season. Twice that season, the Lakers thought it had deals in place to acquire the lefty forward from Minnesota, and twice those deals fell through, the second time just seven minutes removed from the trade deadline.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has shown in recent seasons that once a player catches his interest, that impression doesn't fade easily. Kupchak said that the Lakers had designs on acquiring Steve Blake for years stemming from an great pre-draft workout with the team in 2003. They finally got Blake in 2011. The same goes for Nick Young. Kupchak came close to getting Young for years before having it all come together this summer.

3. Should the Lakers want Beasley?

In a word, yes. Even though the team made some savvy pick-ups with potential in Young, Wes Johnson and Elias Harris to try to fill the void at small forward left by World Peace, none of them are proven players at that position. And yes, Kobe Bryant is just about as good at playing the three as he is at the two at this stage of his career with all the post moves he's developed, but Bryant's health for this season is still very much in question.

Getting Beasley at the minimum for 2013-14 would not only allow the team to keep the financial flexibility for next summer that it so covets, but it would give Mike D'Antoni another offensive weapon to work with. This is a guy who has a career high of 42 points, a guy who once put up 22 points and 15 rebounds in a playoff game, a guy who has a 34.5 percent career mark from 3, but has shot 36.6 percent or better from deep in three out of his five career seasons.

Don't discount the appeal of Beasley's ability to shoot it, either. The Lakers drafted Ryan Kelly in the second round primarily for his ability to stretch the floor with his long-range accuracy, but the team has been discouraged by the rookie's progress during the summer, according to multiple league sources. The Lakers doubt that Kelly, who missed summer league while recovering from multiple foot procedures, will be ready for the start of training camp.

Beasley could fill out a couple check marks of what the Lakers are looking for.

4. Should Beasley want the Lakers?

This answer isn't as straight forward. While Beasley has already made approximately $25.9 million in his time in the NBA, according to BasketballReference.com, he did have to agree to give up a guaranteed $2 million over two years in the Phoenix buyout. He could make that money back and then some by signing with a team that offers him the mini mid-level exception of $3.2 million. If he signs with the Lakers for the minimum, he loses $1 million. That might seem insignificant when you've already made $26 million, but $1 million is $1 million, especially for a player whose future in the league is far from certain.

So, financially maybe the Lakers aren't the best fit for Beasley.

However, style of play wise, L.A. could be perfect for him. Not only are D'Antoni's open-court sets suited for his game, but Beasley had his best season as a professional while coached by Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis when he was the head coach in Minnesota in 2010-11.

Not only that, but the Lakers have had success in recent seasons in salvaging guys' careers who were rich in talent, but poor in opportunity (think Shannon Brown, Trevor Ariza, Jordan Hill, Earl Clark).

And the opportunity should be plentiful in L.A. at small forward.ttp://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogp ... rc=desktop
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby lakersin4 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:46 am

I really hope so.. If we're going to have a bunch of undersized PF's, I'll take Beasley leading our bench.. He's shown great ability to come in & score at will & carry his team for stretches.. Really hope we sign Beas. I know we were rumored to be trading for either Beasley or David West with the TPE left from the CP3 trade.. We saw reports of us being interested last season.. I hope we're still interested.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby Rooscooter on Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:24 am

He's got upside and talent but after this many chances he's also never going to realize his potential. He's still the same punk that locked himself in the bathroom the night before the draft.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby TIME on Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:47 am

Silly McMenamin.

In D'Antoni's world Beasley is MUCH too big to play small forward.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby Center Court on Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:58 am

since our mantra is small ball, then we should sign him.

I hate MDA as our coach but if he if our guy then we'd be do him and ourselves a disservice by not bring in a roster he can work with. His offense is good enough to win 50 games, fill the seats, and entertain. While it's all about rings in LA, we need to give him the resources to have the best season possible. I don't expect much so entertainment value is important this year and MDA brings that (when clicking).

Guys like Young, Johnson, Williams, Farmar and Beasley are good to great fits for what coach wants to do. Again, I hate that we are building his type of roster in the first place, but it is what is.

Sign Beasley.

Pau/Kaman/Sace
Hill/Beasley/Kelly
Young/Johnson
Kobe/Blake/Meeks
Nash/Farmar

Pretty bad but if Pau and Nash can return to form of 3 years ago and Kobe can come back healthy, it's a decent playoff team. In all likelihood, it's a roster that is going to have major health issues, no defense, and no toughness. Beasley fits right into that and since there is nobody out there who can change out identity, why not.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby Savory Griddles on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:05 am

TIME wrote:Silly McMenamin.

In D'Antoni's world Beasley is MUCH too big to play small forward.


Was thinking the same exact thing. Beasley would be the 4 with Young at the 3. D'Antoni wants him badly to reduce the minutes of the hardest working and best defensive player we have on the team (Hill).
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby Weezy on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:23 am

Is still take him if he signed for the minimum over Harris and Shawne Williams.
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Postby Barnstable on Wed Sep 04, 2013 9:53 am

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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby lakersin4 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:29 am

Rooscooter wrote:He's got upside and talent but after this many chances he's also never going to realize his potential. He's still the same punk that locked himself in the bathroom the night before the draft.

I think you're underestimating the impact that playing with guys like Kobe, Nash, & even Pau could have on Beas. Not to mention playing for the Lakers. With Rambis as an assistant, who he had his best season with.. & a system that he fits like a glove.. With Phil having a seemingly more active role, that's 1 more voice that any player in this league is going to respect. I don't think Beasley is any worse than LO was & we were able to keep him stable for a long stretch.. I think Beas would play the same role for us, he'd be a great 6th man.. If we add Beasley, I'll go out on a limb & say we have a legit chance at making it out of the first round.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby Frank Dux on Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:33 am

Sweepstakes? Beasley is trash. He's inefficient, positionless, straight up awful on D, and will stand around looking disinterested if the ball isnt in his hands. every once in awhile he can get hot, but for the most part hes useless.. He's as big of a cancer as I've seen over the last few years and his NBA days are coming to an end. I don't understand why everyone here is still hyped up about the guy.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby lakersin4 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:02 pm

Frank Dux wrote:Sweepstakes? Beasley is trash. He's inefficient, positionless, straight up awful on D, and will stand around looking disinterested if the ball isnt in his hands. every once in awhile he can get hot, but for the most part hes useless.. He's as big of a cancer as I've seen over the last few years and his NBA days are coming to an end. I don't understand why everyone here is still hyped up about the guy.

He's inefficient overall yes, but he shoots a good amount of 3's & hits them at a 36% clip.. He's not Steve Nash but for a 6th man PF we should be happy with that. As for positionless, unless 1 of the rookies ends up being very good, I'd say he'll see the bulk of his time at PF. I won't defend his defense but we all know that's not going to be our identity this season. He's an iso player pretty much exclusively, so you're correct on the standing around.. But I think the ball will be in his hands quite a bit if he's asked to be our 6th man. I also don't get the cancer claim.. He has off the court issues but do you really think Beasley would have a loud enough voice in our locker room to have any negative impact? Not a chance.
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Postby Ariza3 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 12:08 pm

i think hes extremely talented but its his mindset that really makes me not want him. I think with Kobe and Nash he could maybe overcome a lot of his mental problems and really focus on the game. but it would be another bynum if he gets upset and disintereted bc he gets yelled at. no question he can ball tho and could be a difference maker off the bench. but i feel like signing shawne williams pretty much says were not signing beasely and will prob fill the rest of the roster with rookies we bring to camp.

i wouldnt mind having him if hes straight with his outside life and when on the court is serious...bc i doubt dantoni is going to be taken seriously and will get walked all over by beasely. kobe can only do so much if a player doesnt want to listen so its up to beasely if he can prove hes not immature and wants to be serious in LA.

he always kills the lakers so hopefully if we sign him he can do the same for us.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby Punk-101 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:50 pm

Kaman/Beasley/Young/Kobe/Farmar would be some extremely fun, bomb-chucking chaos to watch!
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby therealdeal on Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:04 pm

Punk-101 wrote:Kaman/Beasley/Young/Kobe/Farmar would be some extremely fun, bomb-chucking chaos to watch!

It actually would be. :man10:

But I still don't like Beasley.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby Frank Dux on Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:26 pm

Punk-101 wrote:Kaman/Beasley/Young/Kobe/Farmar would be some extremely fun, bomb-chucking chaos to watch!


You're assuming these guys would actually pass the ball to each other. Contested pull up 3's on the break all day.
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Postby khmrP on Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:35 pm

Frank Dux wrote:
Punk-101 wrote:Kaman/Beasley/Young/Kobe/Farmar would be some extremely fun, bomb-chucking chaos to watch!


You're assuming these guys would actually pass the ball to each other. Contested pull up 3's on the break all day.


I think thats what he was implying when he noted bomb-chucking chaos :man10:
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby Ariza3 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:47 pm

Ramona Shelburne: For now, Lakers do not have interest in Michael Beasley, I hear. Twitter
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby lakersin4 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:22 pm

Ariza3 wrote:
Ramona Shelburne: For now, Lakers do not have interest in Michael Beasley, I hear. Twitter

:bang: :bang: :bang:
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby lotus on Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:34 pm

Why would the Lakers want a drug addict on the team. Makes no sense.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby lakersin4 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:13 pm

lotus wrote:Why would the Lakers want a drug addict on the team. Makes no sense.

He's the most talented player available.. He put up 19 PPG & shot 36% from 3 on 164 attempts in Min under Rambis.. He has his demons, sure.. But it's the best high risk/high reward move we could possibly make.. & in a season where our ceiling is probably a 1st round loss, this is the type of gamble you take.. There's nobody on the market that has had an NBA season where they played at a level that Beasley did in 10/11 & he's had a couple good seasons off the bench as the main option when the real #1 is sitting. He's gotten more dependent on the 3 ball since his minutes started being limited after his 10-11 season, jacking up 144 in just 20.7 MPG, which probably accounts for most of his drop in efficiency.. With Jordan Hill as our only proven NBA PF (since Pau is starting at C) & the possibility that Kobe might have to be limited significantly this season, I don't see why Beas couldn't earn more minutes on this squad than he has the last 2 seasons.. Nick Young has the same story statistically, putting up 17 PPG & then having his minutes cut for a few seasons.. He doesn't have the off the court issues that Beasley has but I think it'd be foolish to pass on a player that has the potential to be our 6th man & 3rd/4th option offensively.. Beasley doesn't have all the tools to be the perfect D'antoni stretch 4 (Shawn Marion) but he has many of the offensive tools, & I hope he gets a chance to show it.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby John3:16 on Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:13 pm

TIME wrote:Silly McMenamin.

In D'Antoni's world Beasley is MUCH too big to play center.



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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby Rooscooter on Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:25 pm

lakersin4 wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:He's got upside and talent but after this many chances he's also never going to realize his potential. He's still the same punk that locked himself in the bathroom the night before the draft.

I think you're underestimating the impact that playing with guys like Kobe, Nash, & even Pau could have on Beas. Not to mention playing for the Lakers. With Rambis as an assistant, who he had his best season with.. & a system that he fits like a glove.. With Phil having a seemingly more active role, that's 1 more voice that any player in this league is going to respect. I don't think Beasley is any worse than LO was & we were able to keep him stable for a long stretch.. I think Beas would play the same role for us, he'd be a great 6th man.. If we add Beasley, I'll go out on a limb & say we have a legit chance at making it out of the first round.


Adding a guy with partying issues to LA is something that is escaping you. Phoenix is a Monistary compared to LA.

I also think you are way over valuing the LA mystque and teammates. Artest was basically the same and Phil did what for Rodman and JR Rider? This same environment didn't change Howard and fostered Bynum's antics....

This kid has shown that the game is there to fund his lifestyle. Being in Phoenix the last year and hearing the stories about him tells me he's not going to change.
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby BadCoaching on Thu Sep 05, 2013 12:55 am

I think the guys an idiot with issues but I wouldn't mind taking a chance on him. Better than watching Ron brick threes.

They just played the clip of him rubbing his team mates leg on tv lol
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Re: Will the Lakers be in the Michael Beasley sweepstakes?

Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:00 am

D'Antonim won't nurture and encourage him either. He'd probably yell at him, pull him from the game, and alienate him.

Nonetheless, he's a talent, and he's worth a crack at vets min.
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