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NBA Trade Rumors: Michael Beasley bound for Los Angeles Lakers

( [email protected] ) Jul 31, 2014 02:36 PM EDT
The Lakers are not done adding to their eclectic mix this year.
Michael Beasley may still have his best NBA years ahead of him. AP

Just because the Lakers didn't land Lebron James, doesn't mean they are done dealing with the Miami Heat.  

According to ESPN, the Lakers are taking a hard look at acquiring small forward Michael Beasley from Miami.

Los Angeles is considering signing the free-agent, and according to multiple sources, brought in the six-year veteran for a workout Wednesday.

"[Beasley] looked very good and he has been working out," one source told ESPN. "A tiny rust from layoff, but [he] did a good job."

Beasley was the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft, and he averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game for the Heat last season, and was a mature team-oriented player this season, even though he has had some issues in the past.  Many believe  if given the opportunity, Beasley could live up to the potential many have thought him to possess.

Beasley is only 25 years old, and has played for the Heat, Timberwolves and the Suns.  

ESPN reports that this is not the first time the Lakers have looked in Beasley's direction.  

In the 2011-2012 season Los Angeles nearly made two deals to acquire the 6-foot-10, 235-pound small forward, with the second deal finding agreement just after the trade deadline closed that year.  Obviously both deals fell through with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he was eventually traded to the Suns.

Beasley would add depth for Los Angeles at the small forward position. Wes Johnson, who re-signed for another season with the Lakers this summer, is the only true 3 on their roster, but they have players who can fill the role by playing out of their true position.  

The Lakers have also added Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer this summer, so adding Beasley would make for an eclectic mix for new coach Byron Scott.