Ben McLemore Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Kings G's Future

Tyler ConwayFeatured Columnist

Jan 2, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (23) grabs promotional mini basketball to throw to fans after defeating the Phoenix Suns 142-119 at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Godofredo Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Godofredo Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore reportedly drew interest from multiple teams, but ultimately the Kings didn't move him prior to the trade deadline. 

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Kings Won't Trade McLemore 

Thursday, Feb. 18

Marc Stein of ESPN reported McLemore will remain with the Kings, who were previously "hoping to make him part of a Pau Gasol deal."

Mavericks Were in on McLemore

Thursday, Feb. 18 

Sam Amick of USA Today reported that the Mavs aren't expected to land McLemore, despite making numerous calls about a trade. Earlier in the day, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Dallas was a "dark horse" to land McLemore.  

McLemore Linked to Cavs

Thursday, Feb. 18

Fox Sports' Sam Amico reported on Thursday that the Cleveland Cavaliers' pursuit of McLemore was on "life support."

Haynes reported on Feb. 11 that the Cavs were among a "handful" of Eastern Conference teams in the mix for the former Kansas star.

Bulls, Timberwolves Considered McLemore

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Both the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves were interested in trading for McLemore, per ESPN's Chris Broussard

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical noted the Kings were looking into sending McLemore and center Kosta Koufos to Chicago for Gasol and guard Tony Snell. The Kings would also lower the draft restrictions on the 2016 first-round pick the Bulls already own. 

Kings Reportedly at Odds over McLemore

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Amick reported there was "a sense [the Kings] front office is reluctant to move [McLemore]" but that "coach George Karl isn't."

Change of Scenery Would Have Helped McLemore

McLemore, 23, is averaging 7.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game so far this season. He has missed the Kings' last three games with a wrist injury, so his status heading toward the deadline is unclear. While the injury isn't seen as anything severe, McLemore has had wrist problems in the past.

In his third NBA season, McLemore is putting together the worst counting stats of his career despite an uptick in efficiency. He's averaging lows in points, rebounds and minutes per game while losing playing time to the likes of Marco Belinelli and James Anderson at different points.

"I think I'm still trying to find my flow on this team," McLemore said in January, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. "I know what I need to do. I'm just trying to figure it out. Last year I figured it out pretty fast. Now I need to get over this hump and push from there."

A change in scenery might have benefited McLemore. He's knocking down 37.2 percent of his threes, a career best, and the Kings are 5.8 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor, per

Those lineup stats are in part because McLemore plays a lot of minutes with DeMarcus Cousins, but he's developed into a passable defender—about as much of a compliment as one can give to anyone on this defense-averse Kings roster.



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