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NBA Rumors: Phil Jackson eyeing to land Ben McLemore for Kyle O’Quinn in a trade with Kings

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The Sacramento Kings have shopped Kousta Koufos, Rudy Gay and Ben McLemore this summer. Meanwhile, the New York Knicks are looking for another shooting guard.

Phil Jackson and company are eyeing to add young McLemore to its roster. The Knicks have already signed big names in this free agency- former MVP Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee in a bid to return to the playoffs.

Marc Stein of the ESPN pointed out that the Kings are actively shopping Rudy Gay, Kousta Koufos and McLemore.

23 year old McLemore was the seventh overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft. McLemore has been slight inconsistent last season. He was in and out of the starting lineup. He posted average of 7.8 points per game featuring for 21 minutes per game.

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McLemore’s playing minutes too decreased last season from 32 minutes per game in the previous one to 21 minutes per night. The young guard is widely available on the market since February trade deadline.

The Knicks can capitalize on the promising shooting guards’ potential. They have acquired Justin Holiday. New York may look to add depth in the wing. Sasha Vujacic is ageing, as reported by the Sports Rageous on Saturday. McLemore could be the right option as a backup guard. Phil Jackson and new Knicks’ coach Jeff Hornacek can easily ship Kyle O’Quinn and few draft pieces to Kings if they decide to rope in McLemore. New York lost Langston Galloway to the Pelicans.

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The Kings have signed veteran shooting guard Arron Afflalo from the Knicks this summer. Phil Jackson and Co. can easily acquire McLemore as a backup guard by trading O’Quinn and a second round pick.

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