If nothing else, the Los Angeles Lakers are going to be all sorts of fun this year. Unfortunately, it might come at the expense of wasting one year of LeBron James.
After the Lakers landed the king this summer, we didn’t know what to expect. Who would they go after from there? How were they going to acquire Kawhi Leonard? They didn’t go for the latter, though. As we know, he’s with the Toronto Raptors now. But they did go out and surround LeBron with an interesting cast of misfits such as Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo. At least all three are on one-year deals, right?
Now they’re adding another.
On Friday, per ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the Lakers brought Michael Beasley aboard for $3.5 million. Last season with the Knicks, Beasley put up 13.2 points per game on 50.7 percent shooting. He also shot 39.5 percent from long range, but 86 attempts is too small a sample to read anything into that. We’ll see where that percentage ends up if he takes something like, say, 150-200 three-point attempts next season.
In the meantime, the Lakers are coming off another losing season (35-47). Plus they haven’t made the postseason since 2012-13, when they lost in the first round. Having LeBron helps, but the Western Conference is tough. We genuinely do not know whether or not this team as constructed is going to make the playoffs. Having James, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram is very promising. The king papers over a lot of cracks (looking at you, Cleveland).
But to add Rondo, Stephenson, McGee and now Beasley after that? Let’s just say we have doubts. We have no idea what the Lakers are doing. And yet we’re certain of one thing. This is going to be such stupid fun that we’ll be unable to look away.