Ben McLemore has been an inconsistent player on the court for the Sacramento Kings in his first three seasons. He was also involved in many NBA rumors, including this one.
According to Bobby Marks of The Vertical, McLemore is unlikely to be given an extension by the Kings. This only suggests that Ben might be traded to another team, whether this upcoming season or in the next summer.
There is also an NBA rumors report about him that states that he could be traded to the Knicks based on Joel Zegarra on Dailyknicks.com. This proposed trade would see McLemore is going to New York for Kyle O’Quinn. This deal also involves drafting picks in order for the Kings to be lured into sending their player to the Knicks.
A trade with the Knicks may rejuvenate his up and down career. This is because he only averaged 7.8 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game, 1.2 assist per game and 0.8 steals per game last season for the Kings. This is a far cry to his career-best averages in the 2015 season with 12.1 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists per game and 0.9 steals per game.
It may be reasonable for him to have a lackluster 2016 season since he only played 68 games while only logging 21.2 minutes per game. This is in contrast to last year’s season where he played all 82 games in playing for about 32.6 minutes a game.
However, the Kings are still unconvinced with McLemore. According to Brian Rauf of Chatsports.com, McLemore has been on the Kings’ trading block for more than a year already.
Ben was drafted in the first round by the Kings back in 2013. He was picked at the seventh overall position. McLemore was given enough minutes by the Kings for him to show his worth with the team. But he has still yet to prove that he deserves a spot on the team.
At just 23-years-old, McLemore would still have many opportunities to showcase his potential. It remains to be seen whether this improvement could happen to the Kings or with the Knicks this year.
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