Sacramento Kings Rumors
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.”
“It’s one of the most important years to come for me. But at the end of the day, I’ll continue to do what I do best, and that’s working my butt off.” McLemore can become a free agent after the season. He’ll be restricted if the Kings make a qualifying offer rather than letting him leave as an unrestricted free agent. With the rising salary cap, players on their rookie deals such as McLemore are bargains. A qualifying offer for McLemore for the 2017-18 season will cost the Kings just $5.4 million.
Anthony Tolliver: Kobe is one of the greatest…TD is the best PF of all time…but KG holds a special place in my basketball nostalgia! Pleasure playing against you #BigTicket
A decision about which point guards make the roster could be tied to a trade of Gay, the starting small forward the Kings unsuccessfully shopped during the offseason, according to multiple league sources. Gay told the team he will opt out of the final year of his contract after this season, forcing the Kings to continue pursuing a trade or risk losing him for nothing next summer.
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.
Steve Kyler: Kings are not waiving Rudy Gay… They’ll trade him at some point. Deadline for stretching current year has passed twitter.com/mechanixx/stat…