Storyline: Ben McLemore Trade?

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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.

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.”

Kings pushing hard to land Pau Gasol

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.
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January 20, 2018 | 9:51 am EST Update
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.’’
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.”
Storyline: All-Star Selections