Predicting where each Lakers free agent will sign this offseason

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Los Angeles Lakers: Malik Beasley
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Malik Beasley – Cleveland Cavaliers

In the months leading up to the NBA trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers tried to land a wing. Throughout their pursuit, one name on that radar was reportedly Malik Beasley when he was a member of the Utah Jazz. Of course, Beasley went to LA instead.

If the Lakers decline Beasley’s $16.5 million club option for next season, which would allow him to hit the market, the Cavaliers could feasibly reignite their interest in the shooting guard.

The Cavaliers still need a wing, and it will be among their top priorities this offseason via trade or free agency. Beasley would be a nice fit in Cleveland, giving them a 6-foot-4 guard to fill their huge gap on the wing.

His strongest attribute is his perimeter shooting, which would make him a major contributor alongside the big man tandem of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, who could certainly use a threat out on the perimeter to give them more room to work down low.

It’s unclear what kind of deal Beasley may be looking to get on the market, but he will have plenty of interested suitors. Cleveland will be able to use the full MLE, which is worth $12.2 million, and maybe that would be enough to entice the guard to sign.

Time will tell, but the Cavaliers can offer the veteran a nice payday and a prominent role next season, which should be enticing for him if the Los Angeles Lakers decline his option.