first_img Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it The Lakers and free agent Michael Beasley agreed Friday on a one-season, $3.5-million contract for 2018-19, a move that seems likely to inject more intrigue into a roster that includes recent offseason additions LeBron James, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson.ESPN was the first to report the agreement.Beasley arrived in the NBA from Kansas State in 2008, after the Miami Heat drafted him second overall. He has averaged 12.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in a 10-season career with Miami (two stints), Minnesota, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee and New York.He’s also played in China. “At this point, I want to be looked at different. I want to be respected. I want to be all of this and all of that, but at the same time, it’s like one man can’t change the world.”Beasley first got into trouble while attending the NBA rookie symposium, when he and two other rookies and two women were found to be in a room that smell of marijuana, according to a hotel security guard. The NBA subsequently fined him $50,000.By the end of his rookie season, he had purchased “11 or 12 cars,” according to The Athletic.Beasley checked into a Houston rehab facility for stress-related issues in 2009.Related Articlescenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBeasley and James were teammates in Miami for the 2013-14 season.The 29-year-old power forward averaged 13.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 22.3 minutes in 74 games, including 30 starts, last season with the Knicks. He shot 50.7 percent overall, including 39.5 percent from 3-point range, which no doubt attracted the Lakers to him.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Beasley claims to have outgrown a childish reputation that dogged him throughout the early years of his NBA career, when the conventional wisdom was that he was wasting his talent. He acknowledged as much during an interview with The Athletic in April.“My whole career I get ‘stoner,’ ‘partier,’ ‘troublemaker,’ and I’ve gotten in trouble a few times back in the day – not even back in the day, it’s not that long ago – I got in trouble a few times and that’s like the stigma that’s still with me to this day,” he told the website.“It’s not even that I’m changing now, because at this point there’s nothing for me to change. I can cut my hair, but I tried that three, four times already. I can get tattoos removed, but nobody will notice it until they’re all gone. Even then would it change? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He was ticketed for marijuana possession while in Minnesota in 2011.Two years later, he was accused of kidnapping and sexual assault by a woman in Arizona. Police investigated but no charges were brought, according to a report in a Phoenix newspaper. Beasley and the woman reached an out-of-court settlement in 2016, according to court documents.Also in 2013, Beasley was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana while driving in Scottsdale, Arizona, several months after he was cited for driving 71 mph in a 45-mph zone with a suspended license and a loaded gun.However, Beasley spent an incident-free 2017-18 season with the Knicks, as he sought to repair his image and jump-start his NBA career. He made $1,471,382 last season in New York, the veteran’s minimum salary for 2017-18.“My name don’t ever come up unless it’s light, a joke, laughs behind it,” he told The Athletic, referencing his past. “I’m not saying it’s all the way a bad thing, but it’s not great. I feel like an ‘8 Mile’ Eminem compared to ‘My Name is.’ Whenever my name is brought up, it’s in a ‘Slim Shady’ way and it’s funny and I’m lighthearted, but at the same time every once in a while, I like to take it seriously.” VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” last_img

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