Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the New York Knicks and the Sacramento Kings who are reportedly having trade talks involving Ben McLemore, Kyle O’Quinn and future draft picks.
Sacramento Kings shooting guard Ben McLemore has been involved in various trade rumors this offseason. Marc Stein of ESPN revealed that the Sacramento Kings are actively shopping Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufos and Ben McLemore to fill up the areas they need to improve on their roster.
The arrival of shooting guards Aaron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson created a logjam at the 2. With this, many people believe that Ben McLemore is the odd man. The 23-year-old failed to show some consistency in his tenure with the Kings.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks are building a title contender team this offseason. They made their first move by acquiring Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls. In the recent free agency, Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee joined the Knicks to bolster their roster.
In their quest for the 2017 NBA championship title, the New York Knicks should consider having good players on their bench. Joel Zegarra of Daily Knicks revealed that the team currently need a reliable backup shooting guard and Ben McLemore could be their possible target.
In the Derrick Rose trade, the Knicks also acquired another shooting guard, Justin Holiday. As of now, Holiday is projected to be the backup for Courtney Lee. However, there are rumors that the Knicks are eyeing to use him as a trade piece in a future deal.
In the 2015-16 NBA season, Ben McLemore averaged 7.8 points, 1.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.8 steals per game. On the other hand, Justin Holiday averaged 4.5 points, 1.1 assists, 1.7 rebounds, and 0.6 steals per game. Statistically wise, McLemore far exceeds Holiday’s stats in every category.
McLemore’s inconsistency might be a problem if the Knicks are looking for a quality backup shooting guard. However, Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek has experience developing guards and creating an atmosphere in which everyone can feed off each other.
If the Knicks will pursue the deal, they could send Kyle O’Quinn and future draft picks to Kings for Ben McLemore. The Knicks are obviously in a win-now mode. It will be the right time to release some of the future picks to improve their roster.
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