HoopsHype Ben McLemore rumors

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

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It blows Ben McLemore's mind he's even being considered for the No. 1 pick. "I came from nowhere," the Kansas shooting guard said. "From nothing. Just the idea I could end up the No. 1 pick is such a blessing. "I worked so hard to get to this point. Now that I'm here, I've just got to keep working." Sulia

The 20-year-old McLemore is one of the draft's top shooters. Some observers compare him to future Hall of Famer Ray Allen of the world champion Miami Heat. "I definitely compare myself to Ray Allen, especially with the shooting ability," he said. "I don't know about the athleticism anymore (with Allen), but I definitely compare myself to him as far as getting myself open, coming off screens. Little things like that. I think that's a great comparison." Sulia

June 21, 2013 Updates

"I definitely can compare myself to Ray Allen, especially with the shooting ability," McLemore said. "I don't know about the athleticism anymore. But I definitely can say I compare myself with him a lot as far as getting myself open, coming off screens and little things like that." Orlando Sentinel

Sources continue to insist that if the draft were held today and Cleveland makes this pick that Len would edge out Ben McLemore, Anthony Bennett and Nerlens Noel. The Cavs apparently feel that Len’s ability on both ends of the court better mix with budding star Kyrie Irving and would give the team the dynamic combo it needs to push for the playoffs. SheridanHoops

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McLemore remains in the top 5, but I'm starting to have my doubts. I love the talent. But his lack of preparation for the draft is hurting him. Multiple sources told me that his workout in Phoenix was not impressive; he wasn't in shape, and he struggled to keep up in the workout. I heard similar things in Orlando. McLemore is in a tug-of-war right now between adviser Rodney Blackstock and his agency Rivals. It's kept McLemore out of the gym and for the most part, out of workouts. How much will all of this affect the draft stock? I'm told teams are worried. But how worried? ESPN.com

The Cavs have been talking to teams for weeks about a trade, but they are finding a limited market and at this point are likely to keep the pick. Sources in Cleveland strongly suggest that the Cavs have yet to make their decision. Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter, Alex Len and Noel all have visits and/or workouts scheduled in Cleveland this week. Noel is scheduled to visit the team Thursday and has a chance to seal the deal as the No. 1 pick if he performs well. ESPN.com

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