APRIL 4: The move is official, according to a tweet from the team.
APRIL 3: The Rockets are planning to waive sharpshooting swingman Ben McLemore, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. Several contending teams are expected to have interest in McLemore, Charania adds.
McLemore, 28, was one of many Rockets players available at the trade deadline but no deal materialized. In 32 games (four starts) with Houston this season, McLemore averaged 7.4 PPG and 2.1 PPG. Those numbers are down from his first year with the Rockets in 2019/20, when he posted 10.1 PPG across 72 contests.
In his eighth NBA season, McLemore will look to join his fourth team after previously having suited up for the Kings, Grizzlies and Rockets.
McLemore becomes the latest casualty of a difficult season in Houston, both on and off the court. The team played through a historic losing streak while dismantling its roster and McLemore is now the latest player set to depart.
31 thoughts on “Rockets Waive Ben McLemore”
Can a rule be made that makes it mandatory to post the slash lines and minutes played per game with all player stats references?
It’s 2021 and even casual NBA fans know 10 ppgs or 7 ppg and 2 assists mean nothing without context.
The link to his basketball reference page isn’t good enough?
.357/.331/.719 and 16.8 MPG is what McLemore put up this season but his main contribution last year was shooting 40% from 3-point range. He would’ve been a FA this summer anyway and he has fallen out of the rotation since they acquired more talented players like Porter, DJ Augustin, and Bradley. Even with Gordon out the past few weeks he has struggled to get minutes outside of garbage time.
All 48 minutes of a Rockets game considered garbage time
You can literally click his name and find all that out bro
Like they technically do post it lol, they link every players basketball-reference in every article. Sorry you’re mad a free app/website doesn’t cater to your every need smh
Casual fans yes. Real fans know exactly what it means. We don’t need anyone telling us. It’s the team concept and mix. That we discuss and disagree on.
Al what crap is that. Yes to what? What do real fans mean? What does “it” refer to? And so on.
DaBlow216 obviously this site makes sure to include info the least common denominator can understand, complete with meaningless decimal points. Better stats can be tapped on if needed. This is a fine feature. Some sites when you tap a player name to reference, they give you a lot of meaningless graphics that are absent any depth or context.
I doubt most readers bother anyway or know where to look and frankly Bas.Ref. does not explain their categories well. But NBA.com can be worse IMO.
You still trying huh. I guess you never played ball. Stats only mean something to the person who understands how they fit with the team. Or with the particular game. Real fans watch games and understand how those stats affect the game and the players he plays with. I talk and see like a PG. I’m sorry you can’t talk it or see it. There are different levels of understanding ball. Real fans follow the game not just the stats or stars.
Your post was incoherent.
That last post you don’t follow. Many times you have leaned on stats to prove merit and bragged about it, saying do like I do, in posting line after line… but using uninformative simple stats that do not say anything about fit and team like say, on-off.
“See the game as a PG”… I doubt you ever were. You just like your lines of patter.
Should his DOB and blood type be posted too?
Even a casual fan knows the full Basketball Ref profile is just a click away
Some Teams are purposely tanking.
Be like Sammy (Hinkie)
Let’s be honest
It’s very easy to stop tanking
NBA can start with Sam Hinkie rule
Example of tanking
A team leads 15 points at third quarter, then uses the bench players at 4th quarter.
Lose 20 points at the end of game
Staters don’t play 4th quarter
But can you blame them for tanking when all the best players are all joining each other??
What? There’s gambling going on in Casablanca? Shocking…..
Your winnings, sir.
You mean a rule just like the draft lottery? It was actually created because the Houston Rockets were just like this in 1984 when they got Olajuwon after tanking that season. Maybe Cade Cunningham will be their new Dream?
The Rockets are going to be terrible for the next 20 seasons
I wouldn’t call a 33% shooter a sharp shooter.
Former sharp shooter? He shot 40% the last two seasons.
I’m sure they are hoping someone claims him and saves them some $$
Save them all of $760,250? That’s 1/3 of his salary this season and they’ve already played 48 games. I know that would be a ton of money to me but to an NBA team that’s not even peanuts. If Houston was that concerned with saving that amount of money then why did they fully guarantee Boogie’s $2.3M salary before releasing him 5 weeks ago? They would have saved even more than the $760K they’re paying McLemore once he clears waivers.
Probably cause he wasn’t taking a buyout. Fertitta is not gibmving away anything please. Just an admission of a bad signing. Why lie about it lol.
It’s kind of sad when I like both Rockets AND Knicks and one has Fertitta as the owner, the other… Dolan.
Dolan the worst man. Only thing I like about him. Is he is not cheap. Unfortunately his spending also gets our team in trouble lol.
sounds like a lakers move type of guy
Knicks, Charlotte, Boston, Denver, Toronto make some type of sense. All of them could use shooting at the 2/3 spots, although there are other pieces either currently out there, or potentially will be out there
Waived and Sharpshooting don’t seem like they’d go together
They are stupid to waive Ben McLemore and Justin Patton they are a hot mess
Knicks have a roster spot and cap space. Maybe the Knicks should just claim the guy off waivers, if nobody beats them to it.
Did I really read “sharpshooting swingman?”
If he was he’d still be with the team or had been traded for help.