For a couple years now, the Lakershave been interested in acquiring Beasley. When he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves, rumors were swirling about the Lakers possibly trading a first-round draft pick for him. Nothing of that nature happened, but the Lakers still continued to entertain the idea of having Beasley on the team.
Since being picked second overall by the Miami Heat, Beasley hasn’t found a home in the NBA. In this case, a lack of maturity has really derailed a promising career. In all of his season so far, Beasley hasn’t had the right locker room presence. With the Lakers, there is no shortage of leadership. If anyone can get through to Beasley, it is Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, and Steve Nash.
Beasley would fit perfectly in to Mike D’Antoni’s system. He can handle the ball, shoot and he is very athletic. Beasley is a low-risk, high-reward type player for the Lakers.
He could come off the bench and even start. His scoring presence would help lift the load off Bryant. You put Nick Young, Jordan Farmar, Beasley, Jordan Hill and Steve Blake together, and you might have the best bench in the NBA – not to mention Chris Kaman and Jodie Meeks.
Beasley could be the final piece to a very interesting Lakers squad. He may have off-the-court issues but if they can handle Metta World Peace, they can handle anyone.