AUGUST 5: The team has officially signed McLemore, according to a team press release. It’s a one-year, minimum-salary deal.
AUGUST 2: The Trail Blazers will sign free agent shooting guard Ben McLemore, his agent Rich Paul has informed Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (via Twitter).
The athletic swingman flashed significant promise during his first few seasons with the Kings, who selected him with the seventh pick in the 2013 draft out of Kansas. He next proved himself to be a valuable role player while with the Grizzlies, and then suited up for an encore 2018/19 Sacramento season.
Armed with quickness and a reliable three-point shot, McLemore served as a helpful wing contributor on the Rockets’ most recent playoff team, operating as a role player to support All-Star guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook, during the 2019/20 season.
After the Rockets began a midseason 2020/21 fire sale, they sent McLemore to the Lakers. McLemore averaged 8.0 PPG and 1.6 RPG in 21 contests for Los Angeles, connecting on 36.8% of his 5.4 three-point attempts a night. He should prove a valuable floor-spacing role player on the perimeter for Portland.
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15 thoughts on “Trail Blazers Sign Ben McLemore”
That’s now 8 guys 6’5″ or under.
I knew you’d be in here with the Portland height report lol
Great player as far as a 3 and no d but in a quicker picker upper dude is a plus IMHO
If Neil Olshey is really running it back with these outlier moves, he’s either crazier than I thought or actually wants to get fired.
There’s still time for a McCollum trade … pretty much all comes down to that now, right?
Nobody wants to trade. Who you want Kevin Love that is about it that is out there now. Unless Schroeder signs with Portland. I think Giles and Little will play big next year!
I have NO vested interest in this team of course but if Dame wanted to see moves that could help this team win…I have a feeling a trade request has become a bit more possible. I’d still put it as unlikely, but less so.
I never want to tear it all down but…
I think I would here w Por
Their out is lined up today better than most teams could ever ask for in a rebuild
They got the Dame package which will be primo
They can trade Cj for bad contract + assets
Nurk Jones Cov expire this year; cash them
I think we will see a Philly GSW Por trade before opening night –
Philly will get Dame GSW Ben and Portland gets Wiggins +everything under the sun….maybe GSW gets Nurk as well in that package. Its just makes too much sense , by solving 2 teams problems Portland should be able to get payed even more as the facilitator then they can piece meal the rest off at the break
Por could start next year w a future of
Boat load of cash, ton of extra picks, ton of extra young Bn assets , that’s just scratching the surface, they’d be cap king next 2 years to reap those benefits as well. Im not a Por fan but Id think id prefer that route and its possibilities if I was
I’ve been playing around with a 3 team trade with those 3 and kept coming back to pretty much that exact trade.
Totally agree with everything you said about Portland. I don’t have anything to really say about your post because I think it’s 100% spot on lol.
I’m Ben McLemore of the Sacramento Kings, and I’m a Pizza Guy. Are you a Pizza Guy?
With that money he no longer has to buy his clothes at the thrift shop…get it?
Except in “coolsville” Portland old baggy clothes and tie dye are in. So spend it however you like. Not my choice to make.
How is McLemore still in the NBA?
You could say the same about most former Lakers these days.
It’s so sad how their fans like the moves their team has made this summer.
I don’t know about Little, but I could see DJJ having a much better opportunity under a new coach.