Lakers’ Michael Beasley is not with the team due to personal reasons
Most found it surprising when the Los Angeles Lakers signed Michael Beasley, and he’s failed to really make his mark with his new team so far. According to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times, Beasley will not play with the Lakers against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. While he did travel with the team from San Antonio, personal reasons will keep him inactive.
Michael Beasley is not with the team tonight due to personal reasons, the Lakers say. He came to Minneapolis with the team from San Antonio.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) October 29, 2018
Michael Beasley averaged 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists for the New York Knicks last season. He had some impressive offensive outbursts for their team, despite their disappointing finish in the Eastern Conference standings. However, he just can’t seem to find minutes in LA.
So far, Beasley is only averaging 3.3 minutes per game with the Lakers. He’s played upwards of 20 minutes for most of his professional career, so this is a huge adjustments. He’s only played in three of the team’s six games, and is averaging one point and one rebound, which is less than underwhelming.
The Lakers just have too many young swingmen to make room for the veteran. LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram will all log some minutes at small forward and power forward this season. Michael Beasley was expected to bring some leadership, scoring and tenacity, but he hasn’t been able to showcase much so far.
Lonzo Ball is expected to be the starting point guard for the Lakers moving forward, and other lineup changes may arise as the season progresses. However, it’s unlikely Beasley will benefit from any future moves the team makes.