Lakers Rumors: Los Angeles Has Better Free-Agent Options Than Michael Beasley

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to fill out the remaining spots on their roster before training camp begins, and one player drawing serious interest from the organization again is former Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley.

According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, Los Angeles worked out Beasley on Wednesday for the second time in the past month:

Dave McMenamin of reported that the Lakers initially worked Beasley out in late July. No deal was struck, however, and the two sides have been quiet about a potential deal ever since.

Earlier this month, I wrote that Beasley wasn’t the best option on the free-agent market for Los Angeles. The Lakers are now exploring all of their options. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, they have worked out seven other players:

After missing out on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in July, the Lakers held a free agent workout Tuesday in Los Angeles. The workout included forward Michael Beasley; big men Dexter Pittman, Greg Stiemsma, and Daniel Orton; and guards Bobby Brown, Toney Douglas, Ben Hansbrough and Malcolm Lee, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

At 25 years old, Beasley looks like the most promising option on the surface. The former No. 2 overall draft pick has talent in the offensive zone (career average of 13.2 points per game), but there are questions about his work ethic and maturity.

He has already played for three different teams during his six-year career and has been unable to find his way back into a starting lineup consistently since he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald wrote about why the Heat decided not to bring the veteran back this season:

A person with direct knowledge cited several reasons for the Heat's lack of interest: Inconsistency, lack of trust in his defense (...

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