After chasing forwards Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers wound up trading for point guard Jeremy Lin, claiming power forward Carlos Boozer off of amnesty waivers, signing big man Ed Davis and re-signing several of their own players, including big man Jordan Hill and swingman Nick Young.
Now, the Lakers are trying to add at least one more player. They have taken a look at Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma, Daniel Orton, Bobby Brown, Toney Douglas, Ben Hansbrough, Malcolm Lee and have had Michael Beasley in for two workouts.
As Eric Pincus of The Los Angeles Times points out, the Lakers have tried to acquire Beasley before.
Prior to trading Derek Fisher for Jordan Hill in 2012, the Lakers were close to acquiring Beasley from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Though Beasley is a gifted scorer, he has yet to find a long-term home in the league.
The Lakers have volume at the power positions with Carlos Boozer, rookie Julius Randle, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis, Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly, though the team is a bit undersized at center.
Beasley can play at either forward spot. The Lakers have Wesley Johnson, Nick Young, Xavier Henry and potentially Kobe Bryant at small forward.
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 Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns. The number two overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft has put up 13.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 45.0% from the floor, 34.8% from three and 75.8% from the charity stripe in that career.
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