Michael Scotto: The Memphis Grizzlies are gauging the value of Ben McLemore on the trade market, league sources told @BBallInsiders. The former seventh overall pick signed a two-year, $10.7 million deal with Memphis this past summer.
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Sam Amick: No deals for Kings. Had offers on Ben McLemore, Darren Collison and Arron Afflalo, but opting to wait until this summer to make more moves.
Marc Stein: The Kings fielded offers today for Darren Collison, Ben McLemore and Arron Afflalo, league sources say, but appear poised to keep all three.
Jason Jones: Sounds more likely Arron Afflalo is dealt rather than Ben McLemore today. Some within the Kings like McLemore’s play of late
Chris Mannix: (The Kings) are looking to move Ben McLemore, Arron Afflalo, Darren Collison can be had for the right price… They’re looking for rookie-scale contracts and draft picks
Sacramento is determined to restock the franchise with assets, and will be targeting rookie-deal players and draft picks in the coming days, sources told The Vertical. Free agents-to-be Ben McLemore and Darren Collison are available, sources said, as is Arron Afflalo, a solid bench scorer with a manageable contract.
Q: With the trade deadline coming up your name has been out there. You have been through this before, but does it get it you? Are you able to tune it out? Ben McLemore: I continue to work on my game, work on myself and let my circle and my agent (Rich Paul) handle things like that.
Q: When you came into the league you probably had different expectations for how things would turn out. Ben McLemore: It’s a business. At the end of the day, it’s a business and I can only control what I can control … I got to go out there and do what I got to do, play my game and have fun playing the game of basketball. Q: You have lived in this community a while now. Do you consider it home? Ben McLemore: Absolutely. I got drafted here. I consider it home. At the end of the day, it’s a business where things happen around the league every day so I can’t focus on things like that. I just have to continue to focus on me and moving forward and letting my circle handle whatever situation there is.
Q: Would you say you have had that from your coaches here? This is your fourth season here now and there has been a lot of coaching changes. Ben McLemore: It’s up and down man, over the past years and having different coaches and different ways they play and how they want to play, who they want to play, and different sets. So I always just try to stay ready.
Given Gay’s long-term unavailability and Sacramento’s well-known hopes of convincing DeMarcus Cousins to sign for the long term, two wings have emerged as the most likely Kings to be dealt: Ben McLemore first and foremost, followed by Arron Afflalo.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Ben McLemore, Kosta Koufos… Those are players the Kings have been talking with teams about. McLemore, they could not come to an agreement on his rookie extension. He’ll be a restricted free agent next summer. A high draft pick who has not panned out there. Teams are intrigued with him.
Nerlens Noel (6th overall), Philadelphia: The 76ers are looking to move him. Ben McLemore (7th overall), Sacramento: The Kings have been trying to move him for more than a year. Trey Burke (9th overall), Washington: No chance, with all the money the Wiz already have in Beal and Wall.
It is believed throughout NBA circles that McLemore’s best playing days would come in a different uniform; his name has been linked to much trade chatter the past few years.
Jason Jones: And as I’ve reported, the Kings aren’t looking to move McLemore, a shift from a few months ago.
Jason Jones: Bucks definitely explored a Michael Carter-Williams for Ben McLemore swap, as it has been reported
Even though their names are constantly mentioned in the trade rumor mill, it doesn’t sound like Kings GM Vlade Divac has any intention of moving Ben McLemore or Rudy Gay for now. “You’re going to receive a lot of calls, you’re going to make a lot of calls,” Divac said in an interview on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “We’re very happy with Ben (McLemore), the way he’s progressing this summer. He’s a very young player that we like a lot, so we’re going to keep him.”
The Bucks, sources say, have since offered former Rookie of the Year guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Sacramento Kings in a trade proposal for Ben McLemore and will continue to probe for potential deals after the Kings rebuffed that pitch for 2013’s No. 7 overall pick.
As Jason Kidd works through that, expect Milwaukee’s front office to chase wings; they’ve called the Kings about the ghost of Ben McLemore and are open to moving either Greg Monroe or Michael Carter-Williams in the right deal, league sources say.
Still, McLemore is still only 23 and has 190 games on his resume. “I still like him; he’s very athletic,’’ an Eastern Conference official said. “I still think he has a lot of potential.’’ Added another Eastern Conference executive: “He hasn’t done what a lot of people think he should have done, but he could still be very good. Personally, I think he just needs a change of scenery.’’
During the offseason, McLemore blocked out rumors of a possible trade. “I’ve been really focused on myself this summer … ” he said. “I let my agent, I let my manager handle all the front-office business while I focused on Ben. … I just told my team to keep me updated on anything dealing with me so I can continue to be a pro and focused on my game.” Despite being visibly down for stretches of last season when his playing time fluctuated, McLemore said his confidence is “off the charts, higher than it’s ever been sine I’ve been in the league.”
Sacramento also has made shooting guard Ben McLemore, in the final year of his rookie contract, available for months, after acquiring Malachi Richardson in a draft-day deal and signing veteran Arron Afflalo.
Former lottery pick Ben McLemore, drafted in 2013, is in the final season of his contract and is eligible to have his rookie contract extended until Oct. 31. Expect little progress on extension talks because McLemore has been on the trade block for more than the past year. McLemore has a $10 million cap hold next summer.
James Ham: Continue to hear that the Kings have fielded multiple calls on Gay, Koufos and McLemore. Plenty of interest. Not giving them away for free.
Marc Stein: Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore and, of course, Rudy Gay are three Sacramento Kings available via trade, according to league sources
Ben McLemore: Some interest around the league in Ben McLemore of the Kings. Teams know he is available and are calling. Not necessarily connected to picks
League sources said the Kings tried to acquire Chicago center Pau Gasol and swingman Tony Snell for center Kosta Koufos and guard Ben McLemore. There also were discussions with Cleveland about receiving center Timofey Mozgov and guard Iman Shumpert for Koufos and McLemore, sources said. The sources wished to remain anonymous because they did not have authority to discuss the matter.
Sam Amick: The Mavs took a lot of calls from the Kings on Ben McLemore & considered it, but not expected to make that move. T-minus 22 minutes…
Jake Fischer: Conferred with the league office today: Any amendment to an owed draft pick protection cannot impact another draft pick obligation in any way. Thus, in order for an owed draft pick’s protection to be amended, all teams involved in that pick’s outcome have to accept the alterations.
The Bulls have discussed deals with multiple NBA teams on Gasol, but one discussion lingered on Tuesday, league sources told The Vertical’s Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix: Gasol and Tony Snell to the Sacramento Kings for Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore and a lowering of the lottery protections on the 2016 first-round pick that Sacramento owes the Bulls. The pick is protected Nos. 1-10, but the Bulls and Kings discussed lowering the protections further to give Chicago a better chance of obtaining use of the pick in 2016, league sources told The Vertical.
The Kings reached out to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, too, league sources said, because the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Kings’ on the 2016 pick. The Kings wouldn’t be able to complete the deal involving the pick with Chicago unless they could reach an agreement with Philadelphia. The Sixers were preparing to ask for a further sweetener to allow the Kings to move on a deal with Chicago, league sources said.
Chris Broussard: I’m told Chicago and Minnesota have interest in Ben McLemore
Sam Amick: Interesting dynamic in Ben McLemore’s situation: there’s a sense Kings front office is reluctant to move him, & that coach George Karl isn’t. Yet since no one expects George Karl to remain coach past this summer, be interesting to see how Sac handles situation before 3 pm ET Thur deadline.
Chris Mannix on the Kings: “It doesn’t seem like Sacramento is shopping DeMarcus Cousins. It does seem like they’re shopping other guys. Rudy Gay? I’ve been told he’s available. Ben McLemore? He’s available. Marco Belinelli? He’s available.”
Darren Wolfson: Count the #Twolves among teams talking to the Kings about Ben McLemore, I’m told. Flip always liked him.
The aforementioned McLemore, sources say, is working with the Kings to try to find a new home via trade. Sacramento made the same pledge to veteran swingman Caron Butler as far back as December.
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Marc Stein: There is a growing belief in league personnel circles that Utah could move swingman Rodney Hood before the Feb. 8 trade deadline … with multiple teams expressing interest
Sources also said the Cavs’ needs are a guard who can shoot and handle the ball, and, secondly, a rim protector. Separately, coach Tyronn Lue and players have said the team’s struggles this month can be pinned on a lack of continuity from the return of players like Isaiah Thomas and Tristan Thompson from injuries.
Joe Vardon: Everyone wants to know if the Cavs would trade the pick, and there’s been much speculation that Cleveland would not, in fact, make a deal involving it. That’s not true, league sources have told me. The Cavs would consider trading it if the right player were available — a player who’s either elite or who has the potential to become elite and is signed for multiple years. That player may not be available. Paul George and the Thunder are getting it together. The Pelicans are playing better with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. The Cavs need a player who can dribble and shoot (sounds simple, but I’m serious), and after that, maybe a rim protector.
“Young Trey Burke was not all the way focused on basketball,’’ Burke said before the Knicks beat the Jazz 117-115. “Distractions going on in my life as a young player. “At the same time, I do feel I did a great job my rookie season. Second year, they drafted another point guard [Exum] — which kind of messed with my mind. It played with me a little bit. That’s where it went wrong. My rookie season the coach [Tyrone Corbin] gets fired. Going into the second year, it’s a whole new coaching staff to get used to. Sometimes it don’t work out.’’
Gina Mizell: Will Barton on the #Nuggets’ effort level: “Shots aren’t always gonna go in, but you can always play hard. We’re not doing that enough. We pick and choose when we want to play hard, and we can’t do that. We’re not good enough to do that.”
Rockets guard Chris Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players’ Association, would not share his position or the union’s on the idea of having the draft of All-Star teams to be made by captains Steph Curry and LeBron James public. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been opposed, despite the clamoring to have the selections Asked if he expressed his opinion, Paul said, “Yup.” Asked if he would share what he said, Paul said, “Nope.”