LeBron James respected Michael Beasley’s talent during their time with Miami Heat
Los Angeles Lakers fans entered the summer dreaming that their team will emerge out of the offseason with a superstar trio of LeBron James, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard. Instead, the Lakers’ improvised and gave James Lance Stephenson and Michael Beasley to flank him on the court next season.
Well, at least the Lakers still got LeBron James right, and at least Magic Johnson and the team’s front office signed someone who does not have a colorful history with the four-time MVP in the form of Beasley, per Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
LeBron James played a season with Michael Beasley in Miami. They had no major issues & LeBron said he respected Beasley’s talent. I mean Erik Spoelstra decided Beas was unplayable in the postseason due to defensive lapses. But in fairness I don’t recall him forgetting the score.
Beasley earlier signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. It’s a bargain for someone who’s not going to play heavy minutes for the Lakers, but will also give the team a solid source of offense coming off the bench.
It could be remembered that James and Beasley played a season together back in 2013-2014, the four-time MVP’s final season in a Miami Heat uniform. That season, the Heat scored 18.7 points per 8.5 minutes that James and Beasley were on the floor, so the two are very familiar with each other’s tendencies on the court.
Michael Beasley also fills the 15th and final spot on the Lakers’ roster, meaning any player who will be signed from this point forward by Los Angeles will most likely be via a two-way contract.