17.1, 16.1, 15.5, 13.0, 10.8. Those are Michael Beasley's PERs from rookie season to last season. Yes. He has actually gotten worse every year in the league for five straight seasons and given his drug problems, attitude problems, and knucklehead problems, it wouldn't be shocking if that trend continued for a sixth and final season then that was it.
If Beasley had much in the way of choices this coming off-season, he'd have to choose carefully. Odds are that there won't be many suitors and none above the minimum, so his choice shouldn't be very difficult if there's one at all. However, one more down year, and it's probably all she wrote for the supercoolbeas.
Is Beasley enough of a four at this point in his career to have appeal to the Bulls? He might provide some volume scoring off the bench which Chicago could desperately use. He could be our Andray Blatche. The guy playing the ninth man role who comes in and mops up against the pedestrian second string defenders.
Make no mistake, the Bulls could still use an offensive oriented player. Beasley provides about as much offensive upside and skill as you'll ever find at the minimum contract. He's not a true center though, probably not even a true PF. If his drug use has gotten too bad, he may not play athletically enough to run at SF either.
His trend of declining stats don't speak well for anything going on with his basketball career. That said, Chicago might just be the perfect situation for Beasley if he can keep it together and convince them to take a chance on him. He'd get opportunities to score from the bench, he'd get them against weak defenses.
If he can buckle up and listen to his coach, he'd play underneath someone who will defend him to the death, work him into shape, and has proven to make his role players look good every year. There's definitely potential for this to work both ways, but it probably has to start with Beasley addressing his issues, showing contrition, and convincing Bulls management he can change.
He's not what the Bulls want, not at all, but he could be what they need. Only if he can turn it around personally though. Will Chicago make a call on Beasley? Hard to say.
Is he better for the Bulls than Drew Gooden who offers more size and rebounding? Is rookie Beasley still sleeping dormantly inside of the 'out of the league' Beasley he's been recently?
The Bulls have just one roster spot left to fill, and they'll likely go the chemistry route over the maximum talent route which means that Tyrus Thomas and Michael Beasley are probably out.
However, in a critical playoff game I'd rather hope that Tyrus or Beasley can get motivated to bring their A game than hope that Malcolm Thomas is a legit NBA player disguised as a fringe one.
The counter point is simply that neither guy will play in a critical game, and Malcolm Thomas's better attitude will help you over a season.
There's merit either way, but Beasley's at least worth a phone call and a conversation to see if his once promising career can be resurrected.