In need of some scoring punch off the bench, the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly brought in veteran free agent forward Michael Beasley for a workout on Wednesday. SuperCool Beas did well, according to ESPN:
“[Beasley] looked very good and he has been working out,” one source said. “A tiny rust from layoff, but [he] did a good job.”
The former No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game for the Miami Heat last season. While Beasley showed improvement from his previous season when he played with the Phoenix Suns, upping his shooting percentage from 40.5 to 49.9 percent and his 3-point percentage from 31.3 to 38.9 percent, he was out of Miami’s rotation by the playoffs, appearing in just four of the Heat’s 20 postseason games on their run to the NBA Finals.
This isn’t the first time the Lakers have expressed interest in the 6-foot-10, 235-pound small forward. The Lakers attempted to trade for Beasley twice during the 2011-12 season, when he played for the Timberwolves, but both deals fell through, the second just minutes before the trade deadline expired.