Michael Beasley is the classic example of a bust. He is a player with tremendous potential, but has always managed to squander his opportunities with inconsistent play on the court, and consistently get into trouble with the law off the court.
With Beasley becoming a free agent this summer, it was clear that the Miami Heat, his former team, had no interest in bringing him back into the fold after basically wasting money to give him another chance. Now a player without a home, Beasley has been searching for a team that is desperate enough to need his services on the basketball court.
Enter the Los Angeles Lakers. On Wednesday, news reports surfaced that the Lakers were working out Beasley to see how he would fit in with the Lakers:
The Lakers worked out free agent forward Michael Beasley in El Segundo on Wednesday, per multiple league sources
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 30, 2014
If the Lakers sign Beasley, they would be getting a wild card. He has not panned out at any of his previous stops, and right now, he would be better suited as a player who could provide instant offense off the bench. But his off the court troubles and his inconsistent play are just two hurdles that cannot be ignored.
The Lakers need more offense in their line-up, and Beasley has the talent to provide that punch. But the real question is this: Does Beasley have the heart to turn his tattered career around with the Lakers? Time will only tell, but as of right now, I seriously doubt it.