Pacific Notes: Beasley, James, Livingston, Temple

In a somewhat surprising move, the Lakers plan to sign veteran forward Michael Beasley to a one-year, $3.5MM deal, using a significant portion of their room exception. Beasley enjoyed a rejuvenated season with the Knicks in 2017/18, averaging 13.2 PPG and 5.6 RPG in 74 games (30 starts).

Beasley reportedly had opportunities to sign with teams that offered more playing time, but a tough free agent market made the $3.5MM salary hard to pass up, tweets David Aldridge of NBA.com. Also, Beasley has familiarity with LeBron James, as he played alongside the four-time NBA MVP with the Heat.

Since the Lakers signed James away from the Cavaliers, the team has further added Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and now Beasley. While it may not be the super team fans had hoped for, it’s an interesting conglomerate of talent.

Check out more Pacific Division notes:

  • Speaking of James, he made his first public appearance last Sunday to watch his new team in action at NBA Summer League. Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report spoke to several Lakers’ executives who were on hand and discussed the prospect of James in Los Angeles and his role on the team. One executive actually believes the Lakers’ best lineup would be with James at center.
  • Shaun Livingston has been a valuable reserve for the Warriors as the team has dominated the NBA the past half-decade, winning three championships in the past four years. Michael Scotto of The Athletic (subscription required) spoke to Livingston during his basketball camp in New York City, where Livingston addressed the Warriors’ success and the perception that Golden State has “ruined” the league with their super team.
  • Ever since Zach LaVine‘s offer sheet was matched by the Bulls, the Kings have not made any major additions to the team this offseason. Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee writes that the Kings’ low-key approach thus far is okay and helps the team in the future.
  • The Grizzlies sent $1.5MM to the Kings as part of the trade for Garrett Temple , tweets ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. That figure is the equivalent of Deyonta Davis‘ salary, which would therefore be covered by Memphis if the Kings choose to waive him.

Clark Crum contributed to this post.

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14 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Beasley, James, Livingston, Temple

    • Hannibal8us

      The Lakers are going to make the playoffs, realize which of these guys are worth anything and jettison the ones who suck and then get real stars next off season.

  1. I do like what the Lakers are doing so far… They will surprise people, #2 seed in the West

    • Bo Banfield

      The Lakers moves make no logical basketball sense. It’s LeBron, the kids, and the most unpredictable cast of characters. The learning curve and playing in the West will take its toll. GSW, OKC, Houston, Utah, San Antonio, and Portland are all better than the Lakers as constructed.

      • x%sure

        The kids were doing alright on their own, before the influx.

        The WC will see a jammed up race for the #2 rank. Hard to rule anyone out!

  2. paladin

    I fail to understand why Lakers management deny Luol Deng playing time. They were clearly out of playoffs but Deng gets no time to show he can play. Supposedly he is ready, willing, able but no time as per management. Something behind the curtain happened. Did he grope J. Buss or what? No teams want damaged goods for 18_ mill a year for two yrs.

    • paladin

      From what I could find it was regular cap space but that’s unofficial as of yet.

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