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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