Report: Michael Beasley receiving interest from several teams

Report: Michael Beasley receiving interest from several teams
July 27, 2014, 10:45 am
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Now that the free agent feeding frenzy has quieted overall and the big names are essentially spoken for other than Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe, teams are focusing on filling out their rosters. No rush, but spots remain and players await. Among them, DMV product Michael Beasley, who spent last season with the Miami Heat.

One report suggests the sixth-year forward is on the radar for a few teams. Alex Kennedy with Basketball Insiders posted on Twitter that, "Several teams have expressed interest in free agent Michael Beasley. Teams like the efficiency and maturity he showed last season in Miami."

Kennedy also suggested that the Lakers would be a good fit. No argument there based on that rag-tag roster. Just about any NBAer could help. Beasley is currently working out in Los Angeles with fellow D.C. area hoopster Kevin Durant.

However, the idea that "teams like the efficiency and maturity he showed last season in Miami" seems like a PR comment more than reality. Realize that even though Beasley possesses the one trait Miami needed most at times in the just concluded playoffs - youth -, he only played in four of its 20 postseason games. 

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Then I noticed this article from the Miami Herald on Friday. The primary focus centers on how the Heat remain noncommittal about re-signing the 6-foot-9 forward, but also includes a quote from Beasley's agent.

Jared Karnes, Beasley’s agent, said Thursday he has had more than one conversation with the Heat but “nothing has resulted in a deal. [Other] teams have called expressing interest. There has been quite a bit of activity the past four days. Teams are encouraged by his career-best field-goal percentage (49.9) … and his attitude when asked to play a reduced role.”

In fairness to Beasley, his advanced stats during the regular season topped all others except for his rookie year. His PER of 16.8 in 55 games topped Nene (16.6) and Trevor Ariza (15.8). Yet Beasley's season stats were the lowest of his career in most categories including points per game (7.9), rebounds (3.1) and minutes (15.1). 
Miami took a flyer, but the Beasley experiment never took off. The thing is, teams love reclamation projects. Some coach or executive will convince themselves that they can extract the talent that made college coaches drool and led the Heat to selecting Beasley No. 2 overall in 2008.
For a minimum salary and as the 13th, 14th or 15th man on a roster, sure, take a chance. But if last year's Heat with LeBron James couldn't figure how to get Beasley into a rotation in need of help, it will be curious to see which team can.