Free agency has reached its quietest point of the offseason, but that doesn’t mean deals aren’t being made. On Tuesday, former Kansas star Ben McLemore struck a deal with a contending franchise in the Western Conference.
McLemore had loads of potential coming out of college. In his freshman season at Kansas, the athletic swingman averaged 15.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
The Sacramento Kings selected McLemore with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. After falling out of favor with the team that drafted him, he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Last season, McLemore returned to Sacramento in a multi-player trade. He averaged only 3.9 points per contest for the Kings.
It took McLemore time to find another home in free agency, but he certainly found himself an attractive spot.
According to NBA insider Shams Charania, the Houston Rockets have signed McLemore to a two-year contract.
Houston has more than enough firepower in its starting lineup, however, the team lacks impact players coming off the bench.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 23, 2019
Perhaps the change of scenery will do wonders for McLemore, who is hoping to show that he can still make a difference.
At 26 years old, McLemore could still grow into a legitimate role player in the NBA. He’ll have the chance to show his worth on a Rockets team that is going to enter next season with high expectations.