The Sacramento Kings have been trying to trade Ben McLemore this offseason but they have not been successful. The latest rumors suggest that the Kings might trade McLemore to the New York Knicks before the start of the season.
A website called NBA-Trade-Rumors.com is claiming that the Kings will trade McLemore to the Knicks in exchange for Justin Holiday and a second-round draft pick. However, it should be noted that these are just purely speculative and nothing has been confirmed.
According to the ESPN Trade Machine, Ben McLemore for Justin Holiday is an even trade in terms of the league rules about the salary cap. But the 23-year-old Kings shooting guard has more value than Holiday and second rounder combined.
On the other hand, Kings general manager Vlade Divac sounded happy regarding McLemore’s play in the preseason. It sounded like Divac is receiving several offers for his shooting guard but the player has been doing work this summer.
“You’re going to receive a lot of calls, you’re going to make a lot of calls. We’re very happy with Ben, the way he’s progressing this summer. He’s a very young player that we like a lot, so we’re going to keep him,” Divac said in an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio, via HoopsHype.
Ben McLemore entered the NBA in 2013 as a favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award and he was even compared to Ray Allen. However, nothing has panned out for the Kansas product in his first three seasons and he is entering a crucial 2016-17 season.
McLemore is set to be a free agent at the end of the season and he could end up like Dion Waiters. Nevertheless, the Kings have until February next year to unload McLemore to a team that lacks wing positions like the Milwaukee Bucks or even the Knicks.
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