Jan 23, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward Michael Beasley (8) shoots over Los Angeles Lakers power forward Jordan Hill (27) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Beasley rumors: Los Angeles Lakers unlikely to sign Beasley?

Although he has been criticized throughout his career for his inefficiency on the court and poor decisions off of the court, forward Michael Beasley had a solid season for the Miami Heat last season. He hoped to use that season to find a few big offers in free agency. That, however, has not happened.

There have been reports the Heat would like to re-sign Beasley and the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested – Beasley even worked out for the Lakers last week and was apparently impressive - but nothing has come of that yet. In fact, the Lakers have since decided to bring former Michigan State Spartans’ guard Keith Appling to training camp.

Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors doesn’t think Beasley winds up with the Lakers (or the Heat for that matter).

The Lakers worked him out last week and reached agreement with a couple of other players for camp deals today, so that doesn’t bode well for his chances of ending up in purple-and-gold. It doesn’t completely rule them out, either, but I’m not sure they’re a leading contender. Shawne Williams appears to be Beasley’s replacement in Miami, so I’d consider a return to the Heat a long shot.

Beasley averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 55 games last season. He shot 49.9% from the floor, 38.9% from beyond the arc and 77.2% from the free throw line. In his six-year career, he has played for the Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns.

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