Chris Haynes of ESPN reported Wednesday that the Sacramento Kings and shooting guard Ben McLemore are unlikely to agree on terms for a contract extension. Stay tuned for updates.
The deadline to reach a rookie-scale extension is October 31, and ESPN’s sources aren’t optimistic about a reunion between McLemore and the Kings.
Sacramento drafted McLemore out of Kansas with the seventh pick in the 2013 draft. Through his three seasons, the 23-year-old hasn’t reached the ceiling that experts thought he would. Some of that underperforming is on his part, but the Kings organization is the worst place for a young player to be.
The problems in the Kings’ front office and locker room are well documented, but McLemore has produced nonetheless.
He’s shown flashes of great play throughout his tenure, which includes a reliable three-point shot and ability to finish at the rim. Because he hasn’t been a total dud, the Kings have been apt when shopping him around, and McLemore has had numerous trade rumors centered around him.
If he improves, even slightly, McLemore will get paid next summer because an athletic wing who’s consistent from three is a hot commodity in this league. Looking long-term, if he lands under the right coach, McLemore can develop into a decent three-and-D guy.
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