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Michael Beasley
Michael Beasley
Position: F
Born: 01/09/89
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $289,803

Storyline: Jamal Crawford Free Agency
Who were the basketball players from Prince George’s County that had an influence on you? Victor Oladipo: I would watch Kev [Kevin Durant], Michael Beasley, Ty Lawson, Jason Clark, Austin Freeman, Chris Wright, the list goes on and on and on. Those guys influenced me to be a better basketball player because they were so elite in my area. I had to get to that level. Obviously, Kevin and Mike touched me by getting to the NBA, and I wanted to get to that level. I worked really hard, too, and the next thing you know, all three of us were No. 2 picks. …
This millennium, Prince George’s County, Maryland — a relatively small, mostly African American enclave just east of Washington D.C. — has sent more than 25 players to the NBA. That collection of talent has included one No. 1 overall pick and three players selected second overall; an unusual occurrence that can’t be limited to or be explained by one common link. “Basketball County: It’s In the Water,” is a documentary that debuts Friday on Showtime and attempts to break down what makes PG County the home for so much basketball talent, including Oladipo, Cook, Michael Beasley, Markelle Fultz, Adrian Dantley, Jeff Green, Marissa Coleman, the late Len Bias and, of course, the most accomplished player to emerge from the area, Kevin Durant.
The need for reinforcements was glaring, and on the weekend of Jan. 25, the Lakers had a tentative deal in place to acquire Bulls forward Jabari Parker in exchange for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Michael Beasley, league sources told The Athletic. However, Caldwell-Pope — another Rich Paul client — had to approve any trade and had not signed off on the deal. The Bulls awaited Caldwell-Pope’s approval over that weekend, sources said.
While Buss has been an ardent backer of Walton, she has also empowered Johnson, who has been less resolute in his support. His efforts have all worked against his coach rather than with him. After delivering James in July, Johnson ignored the pleas of the coaching staff that he retain Brook Lopez and Julius Randle. Instead, he signed controversial and limited journeymen JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson. When a fiery early season meeting between Johnson and Walton became public, Johnson responded not by saying he supported Walton but that he would allow him to “finish the season.” After the season? All bets would presumably be off.
Beasley, in addressing the situation for the first time, denies it was such a heated incident. “This past Saturday after the Warriors game, Coach Walton and our team had a conversation after a tough loss. Despite reports to the contrary, there was nothing physical between Coach Walton, me, or any other teammate,” Beasley said. “I’ve sat back in the past when stories have been twisted and misreported, but I won’t do that this time. I respect Luke and I respect this team. We are trying to win a championship together.”
Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and Pelicans general manager Dell Demps re-opened their dialogue Monday about working together on an Anthony Davis trade. The Lakers increased their offer to include everything the Pelicans desire: six players, two first-round draft picks and a willingness to take back an undesirable contract. The Lakers’ most recent offer to the Pelicans, according to people with knowledge of the situation, includes Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and two first-round picks in exchange for Davis and Solomon Hill, who is set to make $13 million next season.
Several veteran players, including Michael Beasley and JaVale McGee, had emotionally-charged verbal exchanges with Walton, snapping back toward the coach’s playing time distribution and rotations, sources said. When Walton was making his points, it was undeniable for some in the locker room that he wasn’t just referring to Beasley and McGee, sources said. For Walton, playing time and rotations have been a difficult balancing act with a roster full of young talent and veterans — needing to satisfy players throughout the roster. As one source with knowledge of the postgame locker room described: “It was a heated scene.”
According to sources, Walton made his views known that the we-over-me mentality needed to be more of a priority after the 115-101 loss that came without James (due to load management related to his recent groin strain injury). JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley didn’t agree, according to sources, and pushed back vociferously on that premise.
Storyline: Los Angeles Lakers Turmoil?