A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...
Rashard Lewis is the same size and took his minutes, playing much better defense and not doing much on offense at all until he found his 3-point shot late in the playoffs. Beasley was a better offensive player over the season but he only cares about that end of the floor.
So we would pick up Stuckey and Beasley in the same offseason? I don't think I could take it all in.
I'd take a flyer on Beasley if his head is on straight. Maybe Brid can do what he did for Lance with him.
I am not saying Lance was the most stable but he was controlled much better than Artest for example.
MIA desperately needed Beasley down the stretch and in the playoffs. Seems to me he wasn't much of a presence. Don't know if it was injury or what, but he was on the bench most of the time.
Personally, I'd take a "cheap" chance on Beasley for his ability to score. With PG and Stephenson gone, that's a loss of 30+ points per game. Where is the scoring going come from to replace that 30+points? I'm not saying Beasley is going to replace all of it, but he might be able to replace 40-50% of it. I'd take a cheap flyer on him. JMOAA
There's no doubt in my mind that Beasely could drop 18-20 ppg if he was a starter for the Pacers. But he's obviously got serious issues. Teams in desperate need of scoring have acquired him for next to nothing and still refused to play him.
Besides, Justin Tyme, aren't you a notorious Lance hater? And you'd want this guy here?
Beasley is hoping to sign with Denver, but would strongly consider Seattle if a franchise moved there. Otherwise, he is content with reruns of Family Guy.
I'll be honest - if you're looking for someone to play SF, I'd be looking at Evan Turner way before Beasley. I need a contract guru to let me know - even though the Pacers didn't give him a QO they could sign him as a UFA for less couldn't they?
Supposedly he has an agreement with the Celtics but no ink has met paper yet. All's fair in love, war, and responding to an unexpected injury. Besides, I'm certain that ripping off the Celtics earns you points toward getting into heaven.
That's why I want him on the team. He sounds awesome.
"So, which one of you guys is going to come in second?" - Larry Bird before the 3 point contest. He won.
Hey, if we signed Beasley, Joel Embiid, JR Smith and JaVelle McGee we would have a "highly" entertaining team if nothing else.
Notorious Stephenson hater? Here we go again with the word hater. Geez, it gets really old!!! Am I unhappy Stephenson is gone... no. Could I have lived with Stephenson as a Pacer on the contract he was offered... yes. Do I feel he and PG could have co-existed... no. Was I concerned Stephenson could be a future PR problem or a team chemistry problem... yes. But b/c one isn't "totally" for something they automatically get labeled a hater. Just SMH.
As far as Beasley vs Stephenson's attitude and behavior goes, Stephenson gets a pass by most b/c he wore Blue n Gold. I can't recall hearing any problems Beasley caused on other teams to be a major disruption. AGAIN, on a CHEAP contract for scoring purposes he might be worth taking a flyer.
Your labeling wasn't automatic, it was well earned over an extended series of posts spanning many threads. Your reasoning for the same things you just brought up again has never been explained with anything other than blind speculation. When people are so adamant about a position that they have no factual evidence to support, what do you think it looks like from a rational perspective?
Back on topic, ignoring his on the court issues (which basically amounts to doing what he wants when he wants, as opposed to what the coach drew up in practice), the guy is lucky to be warming the bench in the NBA. In a year or two he'll probably be averaging 45 ppg in China.
old article, but sums up some of his issues:
Michael Beasley's NBA Hardships Stem from More Than Alleged Marijuana Use
...during an important practice session before a big game, the coach told his team to lean in and listen to instruction. All the players except Beasley took heed. Beasley reportedly began shouting and being disruptive....
At some point, Beasley has to get help for his self-control issue which could stem from an undiagnosed behavioral issue or some other as of yet unaddressed problem.