Ben McLemore – Sacramento Kings
Entering the NBA, Ben McLemore was met with very high expectations coming out of Kansas. McLemore went to the Kings, who for quite some time now have been stuck in mediocrity. But McLemore presents an interesting case in 2017 free agency. Much like Noel, he is another young option, but is also restricted.
With how the cap has risen recently, a player like McLemore will be able to command a nice deal in free agency, and then it will be up to the Kings to match it, or let him leave. For example, Portland’s Allen Crabbe, a role player during his time in the league, signed with the Nets for $75 million this offseason. Of course, as part of their spending spree, the Blazers matched the offer and retained Crabbe. McLemore is intriguing because the true shooting guard market in 2017 figures to be pretty bare.
With Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder, Victor Oladipo becomes a long-term fixture in Oklahoma City. Even though he’ll be an RFA, he very much figures into OKC’s future. Other options include veterans, such as Tony Allen, Kyle Korver, and Randy Foye, who the Nets will get a good look at this season.
As for McLemore, it will be interesting to see how Sacramento’s selection of Malachi Richardson plays into McLemore’s future with the team. The Kings will have a decision to make next offseason regarding McLemore. Brooklyn’s Sean Kilpatrick figures to see plenty of time this season, but if shooting guard is on the Nets’ shopping list next summer, McLemore could be a target,
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