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Lakers in the Beasley sweepstakes?

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07:14 AM ET 09.05 | No longer the Suns' issue, Michael Beasley is now a talented, if troubled, 6-foot-10, 235-pound free agent. With the Los Angeles Lakers lacking a proven small forward on their roster after using the amnesty clause on Metta World Peace, it's only natural to wonder if Beasley might be a good fit in purple and gold. ... Beasley had off-court issues before this summer and that didn't stop the Lakers from pushing hard to get him in the 2011-12 season. Twice that season, the Lakers thought it had deals in place to acquire the lefty forward from Minnesota, and twice those deals fell through, the second time just seven minutes removed from the trade deadline. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has shown in recent seasons that once a player catches his interest, that impression doesn't fade easily.

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September 5, 2013  07:58 AM ET

Too bad the Trailblazers cleaned up their image. He would have been a poster boy for them.

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September 5, 2013  08:31 AM ET

It depends on how much of a risk the Lakers are willing to take after considering Lamar Odom and how much is Beasley compared to Odom recently. If Beasley's head is on straight he can be an asset and on the other hand he can be a drug problem.

September 5, 2013  08:44 AM ET

lakers,OKC & Dallas should all want his services.

September 5, 2013  09:03 AM ET

1 yr Vet minimum is okay, cause the Lakers have nothing to lose anyway

September 5, 2013  09:15 AM ET

He's got N.Y. material written all over him {S} and can be this year's reclamation project for Woodson just like JR Smith was last year... He does have skills but someone needs to get up on his grill to stop his nonsense

September 5, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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He's got N.Y. material written all over him {S} and can be this year's reclamation project for Woodson just like JR Smith was last year... He does have skills but someone needs to get up on his grill to stop his nonsense

Good call and there is that Melo hometown connection. Maybe Melo can teach him to be a winner.

September 5, 2013  09:25 AM ET

If this kid were to get his head screwed on straight, he could very well be an asset to any team. I'm for taking a chance on him. He's obviously talented, now if only he gets a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, this could be a good thing...

September 5, 2013  09:45 AM ET

If he can't get playing time with one of the worst teams in the league last year, does he really have anything to give?

September 5, 2013  10:16 AM ET

Don't Come To LA, Bro.

September 5, 2013  10:23 AM ET
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If this kid were to get his head screwed on straight, he could very well be an asset to any team. I'm for taking a chance on him. He's obviously talented, now if only he gets a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, this could be a good thing...

true.
He is a good player and talented but the drug issues can definitely screw things up. For vets min, there is not much to gamble on him, so the upside is bigger imo.

September 5, 2013  10:26 AM ET
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Too bad the Trailblazers cleaned up their image......

I wasn't even aware that the Trailblazers had an image.....

September 5, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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If he can't get playing time with one of the worst teams in the league last year, does he really have anything to give?

Actually, he has quite a lot to give.

Consider this: If Pheonix had played him 35 minutes a game, would they have been any worse than they were?

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September 5, 2013  10:50 AM ET
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It depends on how much of a risk the Lakers are willing to take after considering Lamar Odom and how much is Beasley compared to Odom recently. If Beasley's head is on straight he can be an asset and on the other hand he can be a drug problem.

When has his head ever been on straight?

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September 5, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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If this kid were to get his head screwed on straight, he could very well be an asset to any team. I'm for taking a chance on him. He's obviously talented, now if only he gets a visit from the Ghost of Christmas Past, this could be a good thing...

Is Drunk Eli making a comeback?

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