The Sacramento Kings are still short of a starting quality point guard a month before the NBA season opens. According to latest NBA rumors, they can use Ben McLemore as trade bait this offseason and it’s likely that they are looking for a court general in a possible deal.
One team in the lookout for a shooter is the Milwaukee Bucks, which also has a point guard available for trade. The Bucks signed Matthew Dellavedova to a huge deal this summer and their former starting PG, Michael Carter-Williams has been mentioned in trade speculations.
The Bucks also lost shooter Khris Middleton to an injury and could miss him for about six months, according to reports. Milwaukee, led by head coach Jason Kidd, is likely to consider a trade for McLemore, who has underperformed in his NBA career.
In three years in the league, all with the Kings, McLemore has averaged 9.7 points on 41.4% field goal shooting with 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27.2 minutes per game. He started all 82 games for the Kings in the 2014-2015 season but lost playing time and was moved to a bench role last season.
If the Bucks get McLemore, they can use his outside shooting since Middleton is out for much of the season.
Carter-Williams has a similar situation with his career. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 2013-2014 season but was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers and has also lost his starting job with the Bucks. For his career, “MCW” averages 14.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
If the Kings get Carter-Williams, their point guard depth is improved and they can start him in the upcoming season.
A Bucks-Kings trade involving Carter-Williams and McLemore makes sense for both teams since they will provide each other players where they are weak in those positions.
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