HoopsHype Ben McLemore rumors

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According to McLemore, the team drafting another shooting guard motivated him to some extent, but he has always set high expectations for himself. “It just pushed me to just keep getting better each and every day,” McLemore told Cowbell Kingdom before the Kings took on the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. “Them drafting Nik Stauskas wasn’t like ‘Aw, man. Now I gotta step my game up.’ That’s the type of player I am. I’m gonna step my game up regardless and get better as a player. It’s just another opportunity getting better going against another guy that’s playing my position.” Cowbell Kingdom

His head coach maintained that McLemore’s improvement hasn’t surprised him in the slightest. “I’m not surprised just because I’ve seen firsthand how hard he’s worked, not just on the court but even just watching film with that coaching staff and studying the game, studying his opponents,” Malone said last week of McLemore’s development. “It’s not just about being able to make shots. Ben struggled defensively last year. I think he’s doing a much better job on defense this year, locking in, knowing who he’s guarding.” Cowbell Kingdom

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McLemore has made changes off the court, too, including leaving agent Rodney Blackstock. McLemore didn’t announce he’d signed with Blackstock until shortly before last year’s draft and the indecision over an agent might have hurt McLemore, once considered a top-three pick. “It was something that I had to figure out on my own, and I made the decision for myself,” McLemore said. “I just tried to get everybody’s opinion. At the end of the day, it was my decision. I’m just trying to move forward and focus on this upcoming season.” McLemore said he’s in no rush to hire a new agent; he’s under contract through the 2015-16 season. Sacramento Bee

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The Sacramento Kings announced today they have picked up the 2015-16 option on guard Ben McLemore’s contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released. Entering his second NBA campaign, the 6-5 guard averaged 8.8 points (.376 FG%, .320 3pt%, .804 FT%), 2.9 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 26.7 minutes per contest as a rookie last season. NBA.com

Bill Herenda: Kings pick up option on Ben McLemore's contract. #SacKings #KingsTalk #NBA @CSNKings @CSNAuthentic Twitter @billherenda

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