The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent guard…

The Portland Trail Blazers have signed free agent guard Ben McLemore, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

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Free agent guard Ben McLemore has agreed to a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told HoopsHype. It’s a one-year, $2.4 million deal between the two sides. McLemore will add shooting off the bench for Portland, which is known for its player development program.
Michael Scotto: Free agent guard Ben McLemore has agreed to a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, @Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told @HoopsHype.
Michael Scotto: Ben McLemore, rocking a Tune Squad jersey, on re-signing with the Lakers in free agency: “We’ll see. It’s a business. Obviously, my time here was amazing. I appreciate Rob (Pelinka) and Frank (Vogel) giving me the opportunity to be on this great big platform with the Lakers.”
Shams Charania: The Houston Rockets are planning to waive swingman Ben McLemore, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Several contenders are expected to express interest in the sharpshooting wing.
McLemore isn't nervous as his guarantee date approaches. "I know my contract," he said. "But the non-guaranteed deal doesn't faze me. I grew up with nothing. Nothing was guaranteed." Even if the unexpected happens, McLemore will keep battling. This season has revived his passion. Almost everyone McLemore has come into contact with over those wayward first six seasons will be rooting for him. "I love him," Joerger said.
Shams Charania: Free agent Ben McLemore has agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Houston Rockets, league source tells @The Athletic @Stadium.
Jordan Schultz: FA SG Ben McLemore worked out for the #Rockets, a source tells ESPN. The former seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, McLemore played in 19 games for the #Kings last year - averaging 3.9 PPG on 41.5 percent 3s. Former #Hawks SG Jaylen Morris worked out for Houston as well.
Blake Murphy: The Ben McLemore 10-day with the Raptors is not happening, at least for the time being, per a source. Roster shuffle made a 10-day less necessary, especially pre-All-Star.
The Kings today acquired forward Caleb Swanigan from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for forward Skal Labissiere, according to General Manager Vlade Divac. Additionally, the team has waived guard Ben McLemore III.
“We want to welcome Ben McLemore to the Grizzlies organization,” Wallace said. “Ben brings tremendous athleticism, significant upside and a tireless work ethic to our franchise, while adding more outside shooting to our rotation. We are confident he will continue his development as a player and thrive under head coach David Fizdale and his staff.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Ben McLemore is finalizing a deal with Memphis, league sources tell ESPN.
Jordan Schultz‏: The #Bucks are aggressively going after free agent guard Ben McLemore, source says. Both #Knicks and #Lakers also interested in McLemore I'm told.
Chris Haynes: New York and Milwaukee have inquired about the young swingman Ben McLemore, league sources tell ESPN. He's an intriguing free agent.
Mike Fisher: Source to - #Mavs interested in making reclamation project of ex #Kings G Ben McLemore 'at budget price' (i.e. min)
“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.
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Lakers legend Pau Gasol, Marc’s older brother, recently sat down with Spanish newspaper Marca as he discussed the future of his sibling. Pau’s response was cryptic, but it is clear that he is hoping that Marc returns to Spain: “Marc has earned the freedom and flexibility to make his own decision and he will do so when he decides,” Pau said (h/t Sam Yip of Fan Nation). “I know he has a lot of enthusiasm for Basquet Girona, a club in which I am also involved as vice president. He is in a different situation, because he is five years younger than me. We will see what he decides to do this season and later, I am also waiting.”
“I’ve been on him about things I need from him,” Billups said. “I said, ‘Nurk, I know you are going to be a free agent, and I understand you have to have a great year. You need me for you to have a great year, and I need you for us to have a good year. We need each other, right?’ “I’m going to give him every opportunity to have a great year. Because if he has a great year, that means we are a pretty damn good team. Because he is a good player. But that means he has to be focused and be in shape. Because you are only going to play as many minutes as you are physically able. If you are out there tired, uh-uh, come on, gotta get you out. There are good players behind you.”
It is unclear exactly what Nurkic and his role will look like under Billups, but to hear Nurkic talk, Billups has given him a vision of being more involved on both ends. Billups has been careful not to publicly define roles, but in general, he has preached that the offense will include more ball movement. “I just want to feel wanted, and I think I just need more support, and what I mean by that is different playing style, more inside-out game, more chance,” Nurkic said. “More chance to be successful and the position where they put you in. It’s all about the coach and where they put you, and I think Chauncey has figured out that certain people are going to have one to three points less, but the team is going to be way more successful with ball movement and playing together and be more fun. Even at the defensive end.”
Virtus Bologna’s win over LBA newcomer Tortona in SuperCup Quarterfinal game yesterday night was overshadowed by a serious injury occurred to Nigerian center Ekpe Udoh, who appears to have injured his patellar tendon in a no-contact situation. Former Fenerbahce center was taken out of the court in a stretcher and after the game coach Sergio Scariolo confirmed the seriousness of the injury, adding that the team will look for a replacement in the market: “He’s our cornerstone, both on attack and on defense. It’s dramatic, I hope that it serves to understand that you need to respect the players. Here there are stickers on the court everywhere, in the NBA it’s not the case. We will look for a replacement”.
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However, if you ask former Suns forward Matt Barnes, the Suns aren’t favored to make it back to the Finals. In an episode of “The Jump”, Barnes had this to say. (via Fadeaway World, NBA on ESPN YouTube): “Love CP! Love Book! Experience is the best teacher and they have that now. But if the West is healthy, it’s going to be loaded, and it’s going to be tough [for the Suns] to get out. I wouldn’t bet on them, with all due respect. Like I said, great young team, one of the best floor generals we’ve ever seen in the history of this game. But again, a lot of things lined up perfect for them to do what they did last year.”