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Michael Beasley didn’t think he would join Lakers after LeBron James signing

Michael Beasley, Lakers

The veteran forward didn’t have Los Angeles on his list of possible free agency destinations.

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Following the addition of All-Star forward LeBron James, the Los Angles Lakers made a slew additions to the roster this offseason through free agency with several veteran players. 

Among those acquisitions was veteran forward Michael Beasley chose to sign on a one-year, $3.5 million deal. However, it wasn’t a landing spot that Beasley thought would be a possibility even after James inked a deal to join the Lakers, according to a Q&A with Leo Sepkowitz of Bleacher Report.

Honestly, when he went to Los Angeles, I really just crossed L.A. out in my mind. With the young core they have, the roster is stacked, so I was just like, “Aight, well, that might be another boat I missed.” But my agent had something up his sleeve.

It may not have been a situation that the 29-year-old had envisioned himself getting into but this is a chance for him to play a key role for what could be a promising situation. He has shown to be a proven scorer that could be a major asset for Los Angeles off the bench while being one of the more experienced players on the roster. 

In his lone season with the New York Knicks where he averaged 13.2 points on 50.7 percent shooting from the floor and 39.5 percent from beyond the arc along with 5.6 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per contest while playing in 74 games with 30 starts. Beasley benefited from the opportunity to get extended playing time after All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis went down with a torn ACL as he became one of the Knicks’ primary offensive contributors.

He has already voiced that he is ready to do whatever is asked of him as he could be a key factor for the Lakers that could be a mentor to their young core group. Simply put, there are plenty of ways he could benefit from this situation. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Staff Writer at Sports Out West
Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He is also currently covering the NBA and NFL for ClutchPoints. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarciaivsports.
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