The Lakers conducted a workout with free agent Michael Beasley today, reports Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com (Twitter link). The team is limited to paying the minimum salary, but that would probably be enough for the former No. 2 overall pick who’s slowly rebuilding a once-wayward career.
Beasley has reportedly been receiving interest from clubs around the league as the Heat have taken a lukewarm stance toward re-signing him. The interested teams apparently found him a mature and efficient addition for the Heat last season, though he wasn’t a part of Miami’s rotation in the postseason. He averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game across 55 regular season appearances. His 16.8 PER was the second best of his six-year career, demonstrating the efficiency that has him an object of desire.
The Jared Karnes client took a completely non-guaranteed deal to join the Heat last season, but he’s probably in line for a guaranteed contract this time around. Still, he’s unlikely to approach the three-year, $18MM contract he signed with Phoenix two years ago. Beasley and the Suns agreed to a buyout last summer.