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.