Should Los Angeles Lakers Take Gamble on Michael Beasley?

Michael Beasley is the proud owner of unlimited opportunities.

The oft-embattled swingman has made a career out of second and third and fourth—you get the point—chances, and the Los Angeles Lakers may be ready to give him another one, per ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin:

Bill Oram of the Orange County Register confirms the news, while also noting there may be nothing to see here:

This is the point of the NBA offseason when teams look to snag obviously flawed talents at bargain prices. Most of the big names are gone; almost all funds have dried up. Now is the time for marginal improvements and cheap transactions that bear little to no risk.

Is Beasley that player for the Lakers?


Offensive Fit

Although Beasley isn't someone who will enter Los Angeles to parades and general fanfare, the team is impressed with how his workout went.

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

And the ambiguous evaluations wear on.

The No. 2 pick of the 2008 draft is continuously measured against his potential. He's carved a living—sometimes a lucrative living—out of intermittent success and the possibility of him turning into a sustainable asset. 

Last season he returned to the Miami Heat, the team that shipped him out in 2010 so its Big Three and subsequent dynasty hopes could exist. The thinking was he could find success and stability with the club that drafted him and had enough esteemed veterans to mentor him.

That vision didn't include a permanent spot in the rotation. Beasley would log significant minutes before seemingly falling out of the rotation altogether. Rinse, lather, repeat.

In limited playing time—Beasley averaged 15.1 minutes per ...

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