Michael Beasley has proven one thing beyond a reasonable doubt in the NBA: He does not belong in the league, let alone in a situation where his mind can wander and his effort can waiver. The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly worked him out for the second time Wednesday and might eventually sign him. Please, Mitch Kupchak, for the love of all things holy, do not sign Beasley.
The Lakers are obviously in a transition phase. They have veterans on their way out of the league, players trying to stay in it and rookies about to embark on their careers. Beasley brings way too many distractions off the court and nowhere near the productivity on it to warrant them. Adding him could throw any chance of chemistry out the window.
Beasley would also join a crowded frontcourt filled with overlap in skills. Yes, Beasley would be the best shooter of the Lakers’ natural power forwards and therefore brings something they’re missing otherwise, but his shooting has been inconsistent due to poor shot selection throughout his career. He would also be taking valuable minutes from Julius Randle and, in doing so, would hinder the growth of the franchise’s future cornerstone. The top priority heading into the 2014-15 season is ensuring and maintaining Randle’s development. Anything that could stunt that growth is not worth any trouble, much less so when Beasley’s baggage is taken into account.
Fans will say that Kobe Bryant could set Beasley straight; yeah, like Bryant would want to waste any of his dwindling years mentoring someone who couldn’t turn it around while surrounded by LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Ask Smush Parker; Kobe won’t waste his time on anyone who won’t meet him halfway.
Yes, the Lakers could pass on Beasley only to see him revitalize his career with the San Antonio Spurs. Fans would look back and criticize Kupchak for not taking the opportunity that fell in his lap, but basketball isn’t played in a vacuum. Reclamation projects work best on teams that already have a direction. The fact that the Lakers are thinking about signing Beasley given their current state shows they don’t.
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