He has been both promising and disappointing in his brief spell with the Sacramento Kings. The Kings are still eager to retain guard Ben McLemore. And the Cleveland Cavaliers are pursuing him ahead of the deadline to add back-court depth at a relative cheaper rate.
Smooth release, tough defense, and athleticism mark Ben McLemore’s game. McLemore shot a career-high 37 percent from the 3-point range this season. On the contrary, bad turnovers, wide open airballs and forgetting to guard the guys with ball let him down.
Not only the Cavs. Other Eastern Conference teams are in pursuit of McLemore, according to Chris Haynes of the Cleveland.com. McLemore also serves the purpose of a security blanket if J.R. Smith opts out in free agency. Cavs are also interested in a buyout of Joe Johnson.
The Cavs lead the conference with 38-14 win record, but they realized that they require more talent in their roster to play the finals. Hawks’ shooter Kyle Korver is also on Cavs radar, as reported by Morning News USA on Wednesday. Cleveland also targeted Houston Rockets’ Trevor Ariza, according to CBS Sports. Ariza has been a disaster with Houston. But he has superb defensive qualities.
LeBron James agent is also Ben McLemore’s agent, according to SB Nation. McLemore is earning $3.1 million this season and $4 million in 2016-17 before becoming a restricted free agent.
Haynes also wrote, “It’s widely known within league circles that agents have been pushing to get their clients out of Sacramento with the franchise embroiled in dysfunction and turmoil.”
McLemore was under-utilized by Karl. And the Kings have not been stable. Their indecision regarding George Karl has added more fuel to the fire. Vlade Divac now faces a challenge ahead of his first deadline.