Report: Lakers sign Michael Beasley to one-year, $3.5 million deal

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Jan 21, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) defends a pass under the basket by New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers collection of strange personalities is only growing as the team has reportedly signed free agent forward Michael Beasley to a one-year deal worth 3.5 million dollars.

Beasley will take over the Lakers’ 15th and final full roster spot. They still have one two-way contract to give out after Malik Newman was waived on Thursday.

Beasley played 74 games for the New York Knicks last year, primarily playing off the bench. He averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He shot 50.7 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from behind the arc.

The veteran journeyman is not a strong defender, a weakness that has carried throughout his 10 years in the NBA. However, he can be an efficient scorer in the right system when he is not allowed to be a volume shooter.

The Lakers will be Beasley’s seventh team in 10 seasons in the NBA. The 29-year-old had the third highest win shares of his career last year with the Knicks despite a larger role on a team devoid of scorers after Kristaps Porzingis’ injury.

The Lakers will likely ask Beasley to play both forward spots but he is at his best as a power forward. With the Lakers’ lack of depth in the frontcourt, Beasley should see most of his time at the power forward position.

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