2018: Michael Beasley
Rob Pelinka signed several veteran free agents this past offseason that wound up working out really nicely in LA. Avery Bradley regained some of his old form, Dwight Howard was the best he had been in years and even midseason signings like Markieff Morris balled out in the NBA Playoffs.
The Lakers had the similar veteran approach the summer prior, bringing in names such as Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, and worst of all, Michael Beasley.
Nobody expected Michael Beasley to be a huge impact player on the Los Angeles Lakers but when you look at who the team signed that summer and how it all played out, it is quite clear that Beasley was the worst and least impactful of the signings.
Beasley played just 26 games in the purple and gold, averaging seven points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game in 10.7 minutes per game.
Beasley missed most of the first half of the season as he was tending to his sick mother but the fact that he was traded alongside Ivica Zubac for Mike Muscala, and then subsequently waived by the Clippers, tells you all you need to know.
Beasley was going to make his NBA return in the NBA bubble with the Brooklyn Nets but did not end up playing with the Nets due to testing positive for COVID-19.