2017 NBA Free Agency is no longer slow in Memphis.
Ben McLemore has agreed to a 2 year, nearly $11M deal with Memphis, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/UgKojZgq1z— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2017
This signing is not the sexy pick-up that many Grizzlies fans had probably hoped for, and is not the player from Sacramento I predicted would wind up being a Grizzly (Darren Collison or Tyreke Evans). He was not kept by the Kings, as Sacramento declined his team option this season, which at first glance surely gives you reason to pause. But with Buddy Hield and other wings populating the roster now eating up Ben’s minutes, the Kings didn’t have a need to keep McLemore. How valuable can a player be that wasn’t wanted in Sacramento?
But at the same time, this contract is good value for a player who will turn 25 this coming season and is a former lottery pick. He has seen his three point percentage increase every season since he entered the NBA, shooting 38.2% from beyond the arc this past season, and he’s athletic enough to be a potentially steady defensive presence as well. He also enters an organization whose on-court product is led by David Fizdale, noted for his ability to develop young players. If Fizz can reach McLemore, there is major room for improvement for a talented young player who may flourish outside of the 90%-of-the-time-dumpster-fire that is the Sacramento Kings.
It’s lower risk with the potential for a high reward. But what does that mean for future signings? Is Tony Allen gone? What about Zach Randolph, JaMychal Green, and Vince Carter? The Grizzlies have 13 players on the roster with those four, plus draft picks Ivan Rabb and Dillon Brooks, still to take care of.