Alykhan Bijani: FYI: The #Rockets guaranteed Ben McLemore’s contract for the 2020-2021 season on Thursday. This is the second year of a 2-year deal.
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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.
Daryl Morey: Welcome to the @HoustonRockets @BenMcLemore !
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.
Josh Lewenberg: There were some CBA complications that prevented the signing of Ben McLemore to a 10-day contract over the weekend, as planned. It sounds like that deal has fallen through since. Raptors have to add 1 more player but I’d imagine they’re looking at bigs.
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.
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the team signed guard Ben McLemore to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.
“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.
Chris Haynes: Ben McLemore and Memphis have agreed to terms on a two-year, $10.7 million deal, league sources tell ESPN.
The Lakers have also expressed interest in Ben McLemore, a 24-year-old shooting guard who began his career with the Sacramento Kings. They have also been leaning toward re-signing Tyler Ennis, a 22-year-old point guard who was traded to the Lakers in February.
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 Mannix: Memphis among the teams showing interest in ex-Kings guard Ben McLemore, league source told @The Vertical.
Chris Haynes: New York and Milwaukee have inquired about the young swingman Ben McLemore, league sources tell ESPN. He’s an intriguing free agent.
Ramona Shelburne: Among the FAs the Lakers called tonight: Iggy, Rondo & Ben McLemore
Mike Fisher: Source to http://DallasBasketball.com – #Mavs interested in making reclamation project of ex #Kings G Ben McLemore ‘at budget price’ (i.e. min)
Chris Haynes: Sacramento Kings to decline extending qualifying offer to Ben McLemore and he’ll become unrestricted free agent, league sources tell ESPN.
After practice Wednesday, McLemore said he has given little thought to what it might all mean for his future in Sacramento. “I’m really not even focused on that,” McLemore said. “I let my agent Rich Paul and my circle kind of handle all that, and keep me up to date with things like that. Now I’ve got a daughter here in my world, so I’m really focused on that and finishing the season strong.”
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.
“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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November 27, 2020 | 6:18 am EST Update
Real Madrid lost star guard Facu Campazzo to the NBA (the Denver Nuggets to be specific) and there is a reported possibility that this may also happen with another player of the team. According to Marca, Real Madrid forward Gabriel Deck will be using the exit clause on his contract with “Blancos” and sign with an NBA club even next week if his team doesn’t present him with an extension offer really soon. There are some NBA teams that have “shown an interest” for the Argentinian player and he’s ready to make the jump, unless something changes with his contract situation with Real.
One longtime league executive said the past week was the most hectic of his career. In addition to the draft and free agency crammed together in an abbreviated offseason, there are so many other less-publicized tasks that teams are trying to sort through, from COVID-19 protocols to fans possibly attending games to scheduling. It’s wild to think that regular-season games are scheduled to tip off in less than a month.
Olgun Uluc: An interesting development: Brisbane Bullets big-man, Tyrell Harrison, has been classified by the NBPA as eligible for the 2021 NBA Draft, his agent tells ESPN. The Kiwi is 21 years old, a legit 7-foot, and should get a minutes bump with Magnay gone. An intriguing, raw prospect.
For example, every day at 5 a.m., inside room 950 in the Gran Destino (where all the top-seeded teams stayed), Masai Ujiri would wake up, read his book, hop on the Peloton, and work out before heading down for breakfast. He thought nothing of his daily ritual until one morning, several weeks into the bubble, when he got a text from another former player of his: “Morning boss, you good up there?” The text was from Kawhi Leonard—Finals MVP with the Raptors, now a star on the Clippers—who was staying in room 850, directly below his old boss. Ujiri had been waking Kawhi up with his noisy workouts for weeks, but Kawhi was reluctant to say anything.
Ujiri told Kawhi that he would stop for the time being and joked that he would continue again when the Raptors met the Clippers in the Finals, messing with Kawhi’s sleep. Kawhi responded with the kind of trash talk that’s best read aloud in Kawhi’s dry monotone: “Haha, you know the saying ‘Don’t poke the bear’? I’m gonna call the NBA on you…get you out the bubble.”
NBA star Markelle Fultz is taking Wakanda Forever literally … he just got a foot-long image of the Black Panther tattooed on his thigh — and it’s AMAZING!! TMZ Sports has learned back in the summer, Fultz hit up “Ink Master” star Roly T-Rex about getting some ink done. And, with Chadwick Boseman’s death and the Black Lives Matter movement at its peak … the two got to thinking a “Black Panther” piece would be perfect.
November 27, 2020 | 1:58 am EST Update
And as is usually the case when the Celtics don’t turn a highly publicized rumor into a reality, we’re getting a reason why that deal never went through. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Celtics were never really that high on Turner. Boston apparently didn’t see him as a very big upgrade to their frontcourt, and was even exploring other deals to trade Turner had the deal with Indiana come to fruition. “Talking to people and reading the tea leaves as best I could, it really comes down to the Celtics didn’t want Myles Turner,” Lowe said on The Lowe Post Podcast. “I did hear from some teams around the league that the Celtics have done some preliminary research on what Myles Turner’s trade value would have been to them had they acquired him either in this deal or in a separate deal, and obviously didn’t like what they saw.”