Houston Rockets: 5 teams that should trade for Ben McLemore

Houston Rockets Ben McLemore (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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After nearly finding himself out of the NBA, Ben McLemore was extended an invite to the Houston Rockets’ training camp in 2019. At the time, McLemore wasn’t exactly viewed as a difference maker, as he was coming off a season in which he was released by the Sacramento Kings.

McLemore was instead viewed in the same stratosphere as Anthony Bennett, as the Rockets were kicking the tires on both players, who were former lottery picks that had lost value around the league. McLemore not only made the roster, but outlived his veteran’s minimum deal, averaging 10.1 points on 40 percent from long range.

McLemore’s biggest weakness is his inability to defend, which has made him almost unplayable in certain situations, as he’s a negative on that end. This has essentially made it easy for players to attack him, knowing that McLemore is also easily baited into fouls.

5 trade destinations for Houston Rockets’ Ben McLemore

McLemore has fallen completely out of new Rockets coach Stephen Silas’ rotation, as he’s averaging just 14.6 minutes per night, which isn’t a number that has gone up, even with the Rockets’ wide array of injuries. With McLemore on a fairly inexpensive deal that pays him just $2.28 million this season, not to mention him being on an expiring deal, the Rockets figure to be able to move him ahead of the deadline.

As we know, shooters have value and have a market, especially with contending teams. Let’s take a look at McLemore’s market and the teams that should be interested in acquiring him.

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