Los Angeles Lakers Should Gamble On Michael Beasley

Derick E. Hingle - USA TODAY Sports

Derick E. Hingle – USA TODAY Sports

Michael Beasley has played well with the Miami Heat this season, proving that he still belongs in the league. He will be a free-agent this offseason, and will likely look to a place where he can play more minutes. While there are a lot of question marks surrounding him as a player, the Los Angeles Lakers should take a gamble and hope that he will display the same effort and focus next year as he has this season.

Beasley has run into many off the court problems in recent years, but there is no doubting his talent. He is a great scorer who uses athleticism and skill to beat defenders off the dribble. He has a solid mid-range game and started taking more efficient shots this season. He has the rare ability to score thirty points on any night, and the Lakers could use his playmaking ability. He is a willing rebounder and has gradually become better on the defensive end.

This year he is surrounded by veteran players trying to win a championship, which has helped him to become a better overall player. While he has been a problem in locker rooms in the past, he is showing a more mature side and is buying into the team philosophy. This is a very positive sign for his future, and the Lakers still have several veterans that can serve as mentors for him.

Beasley would be worth the gamble, especially considering that the Lakers would have the opportunity to offer him a short-term contract, allowing him to showcase his talent for a bigger paycheck in the future. He didn’t get to play many minutes this season and will likely want to prove that he can still become a big-time player in the league. The Lakers need all the help they can get, and taking a risk on a growing player is the right move.

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  • Pimptastic

    There are a few players like that across the league. Players who seem to need a balance between structure and freedom. He is a classic example, as is Gerald Green and a few others. If the Lakers can create the right mix, he could be a good fit. Interested in seeing which direction they go. Also, rooting for the Spurs, as a missed 3-peat by the Heat could add 2 or 3 more valuable free agents to this seasons crop.

  • Max Prime

    If the Lakers can’t land a big fish at SF. Than picking up Beasley with an incentive latent contract. Could be low risk high reward. He’s still only 25. Offer 2 years with incentives attached to his PER. I’d do it!!!

  • Alex Akai

    I still think a motivated Beasley can be a top 20 player in this league and easily a top 5 SF. I’d sign him to an incentive ladden contract and at the league minimun, the upside would still be there. Kobe, Beasley, kendall Marshall, and Randle is a nice start.