The Indiana Pacers chances to do well this season were all but shattered as Paul George's leg did the same on the court in Las Vegas at the USA Basketball. The Pacers are desperately searching for a player to provide their scoring in 2014/15 and they may have just found the man.
The man replacing the injured George looks likely to be former Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley. The former number two overall pick, he went before Russell Westbrook and Kevin Love, was taken by the Heat after Derrick Rose went first overall to the Chicago Bulls.
And the troubled former college star may find himself at his fourth team since entering the league in 2008. According to Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders, there are a lot of possible ways the Pacers could go this year to rebuild, with the former Kansas State man being one of them.
"It really depends what the Pacers want to do now," Duncan said. "Like a lot of these scenarios, it depends what trades are available."
Beasley has found himself in the news a lot over the last few years, and it has never been for a good reason.
There was the marijuana incident at his first event at the rookie symposium. He had a stint in a rehabilitation center after a series of weird Twitter posts. There was the time Beasley was pulled over with marijuana in his car in Minneapolis.That happened again when he was pulled over with the illegal drug in his car, this time in Scottsdale, which saw him kicked out of the Phoenix Suns.
Despite his troubled past, there are always teams that are willing to bring Beasley in. He has a lot potential and every new team that he joins think they will be the ones to get him to his best. The Lakers are apparently interested in the 25-year old and the Pacers will face a fight for the free agents services.
Beasley averaged 7.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 55 games last season. He shot 49.9% from the floor, 38.9% from beyond the arc and 77.2% from the free throw line. In his six-year career, he has played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns and has had two spells in Miami.