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As basketball season draws near, The Paisano takes a minute to look at some interesting player movements during the Spur’s offseason.
On Sept. 17 Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, reported that the San Antonio Spurs will conduct workouts this week with free agent small forward Michael Beasley.
Beasley — who most recently played for the Miami heat, witnessed first-hand the power of the Spurs offense during last year’s NBA finals. The reigning NBA champions will look for Beasley to help them sustain the legendary level of offensive efficiency they displayed in the finals into this upcoming season.
If signed to the Spurs, Beasley will be a solid back up for emerging star Kawhi Leonard.
The back-up small forward position was a weak point for the Spurs last year who suffered when Leonard went down with a non-displaced fracture of his right hand during a Jan. 22 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. San Antonio struggled in the fourteen game stretch when their starter was out, only winning eight games.
Although Beasley does not possess the defensive prowess or overall skills of Leonard, the free agent has a wide variety of offensive skills that compliment the Spurs’ sharpshooting offense.
In his lone college season, Beasley showed that he has the power to score inside and the skill to shoot from outside. His performance at Kansas State resulted in him being the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Although he has yet to find a home in the NBA, in his last year with Miami, Beasley scored 7.9 points per game in only 15.1 minutes. In fact, per 36 minutes last year Beasley averaged 18.9 points, over three points more than Spur’s forward Kawhi Leonard.
Beasley, who has not been the most consistent player during his six-year career, will work out later this week with the San Antonio Spurs, who have become the NBA’s model organization.
San Antonio could be the place for Beasley to live up to the expectations that were placed on him when he first entered the league.
The San Antonio Spurs will begin their preseason overseas as part of the NBA Global Games schedule in Berlin, Germany on Oct. 8.
After their seven-game stint in Europe, the Spurs will host the Miami Heat on Oct. 18 in their preseason opener.