Earlier this week, the Houston Rockets released veteran guard Ben McLemore, clearing the way for him to become a free agent.
“Houston!!! Thank you,” he said in a message on Instagram. “I appreciate everyone of you…the fans, the front office, the coaches, trainers and my brothers that I was fortunate enough to share the court with. I’m forever grateful for the memories made and the impact my time with the Rockets had on me as a player and as a person.”
Just a few days later, the former No. 7 overall pick has a new team. According to a report from NBA insider Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Lakers scooped up McLemore for the remainder of the season.
“McLemore gives the Lakers additional three-point shooting and wing depth with opportunity to compete for a title,” Charania said about the signing. “The sharpshooter had a host of interested contenders, including the Milwaukee Bucks.”
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 6, 2021
McLemore emerged as one of the better shooters from beyond the arc in the NBA over the past few years. He shot better than 40-percent from three in two of the past three seasons.
His numbers have dwindled a bit this year, but he can still add a veteran presence for the Lakers’ backcourt.