Based on The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Lakers have signed eight-year NBA veteran Ben McLemore to a contract for the rest of the season.
Per Charania, the deal was relayed by McLemore’s company (Klutch Sports activities), which represents a number of Lakers gamers: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Talen Horton-Tucker.
McLemore, 28-years-old, has underwhelmed this season after having a profession 12 months in 2019-20. Getting into the league as a guard praised for his athleticism and taking pictures potential, McLemore was taking pictures .353 p.c from 3-point vary for his profession till final season, his first with the Houston Rockets.
Nonetheless, after an important self-assessment, McLemore realized that he needed get back to the drawing board after years of constructing dangerous habits with struggling franchises.
Whereas displaying development as a finisher and defender, McLemore’s most marked enchancment would come as a shooter, as he would knock down a stellar .400 p.c of his 3-point makes an attempt (on 6.4 makes an attempt per recreation) in 2019-20 whereas averaging 10.1 factors per recreation.
Sadly, with James Harden and Russell Westbrook being changed by Kevin Porter Jr. and John Wall this season, the seems that McLemore are getting aren’t as clear or open. Subsequently, McLemore has shot simply .331 p.c from 3-point vary this season.
Nonetheless, now that he’s with the Lakers, the passing clinics placed on by a point-forward in James and the eye that will likely be given to Davis ought to afford him simpler alternatives from outdoors. Teaming up with an otherworldly basketball thoughts and a longtime pal in James ought to solely assist McLemore play as much as his potential as properly.