HoopsHype Ben McLemore rumors

June 27, 2013 Updates
June 26, 2013 Updates

On the eve of the NBA draft, former Kansas star Ben McLemore said one of the best pieces of advice he's been given is to keep his circle of family, friends and advisors small. That led him to sign with newly certified agent Rodney Blackstock for representation after earlier working with Beverly Hills, Calif.-based Rival Sports Group. "I was with Rivals and I just fell like Rodney has been the best person for me throughout this process, helping me get through everything," McLemore said Wednesday. "From the beginning, everything has been good. He's a great person, and he's helped me through all of this so that's why I chose that he should be a part of my circle." USA Today Sports

June 25, 2013 Updates

Sources around the league have cautioned not to completely dismiss the problems involving McLemore, his former AAU coach Darius Cobb and Rodney Blackstock. Cobb met with NCAA investigators recently after telling USA Today he received thousands of dollars from Blackstock, who has been advising McLemore throughout this draft process. USA Today reported that Blackstock is now a certified agent. Akron Beacon Journal

McLemore turned 20 in February, but the Cavs still consider him to be naïve and impressionable, one source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said, and they’re concerned he could be vulnerable to outside influences. McLemore’s stock is rumored to be sliding after some unimpressive workouts, but a source within the Cavs who requested to remain nameless due to the nature of sensitivity surrounding the draft, dismissed that recently and said the team is still high on him. McLemore worked out last week along with Oladipo, whom ESPN analyst Chad Ford called perhaps the surest thing in this draft. Akron Beacon Journal

The Timberwolves concluded predraft workouts on Monday, bringing North Texas forward Tony Mitchell to Target Center for a morning session and some lunch. With the clock ticking toward Thursday’s NBA draft, Wolves new President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders sounded like a guy ready to keep the night’s ninth pick — perhaps to select Georgia shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — rather than give what few assets he has to trade in an attempt to move up for a chance at Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or Kansas’ Ben McLemore. “We’re not going to deplete our whole talent pool,” Saunders said. “There are good players in this draft, but right now, there are not impact players, no one you look at who within two years will be an All-Star, like Kyrie Irving was. There are good players, probably pretty good players, but are they going to be that All-Star or future Hall of Famer? In order to dilute your talent pool, you’ve got to get an impact-type player.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

June 24, 2013 Updates
June 23, 2013 Updates

James Ham: I'm hearing McLemore bombed in Phoenix. N.O. has Gordon at #6 and like Burke. Would the Kings pass on a top 2 talent? Twitter @James_Ham

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