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Report: Teams calling Kings about Ben McLemore, who is available

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 28: Ben McLemore #23 of the Sacramento Kings shoots a free throw during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on January 28, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Pelicans defeated the Kings 114-105. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Ben McLemore was on the trade block in February at the trade deadline, although the sense was that George Karl wanted to move him more than the front office. The coaching dynamic has changed in Sacramento: George Karl is gone, and Dave Joerger is in for the Kings.

Yet McLemore remains available, and he is a name you could hear mentioned as part of a trade on NBA Draft night Thursday. From Scott Howard-Cooper of

McLemore is athletic, can defend, is starting to grasp the game better, and is shot 36 percent from three this season. He’s far from a star, but there is some quality there, the concerning issue was how his progress stalled out. Is that because George Karl’s Kings were a mess, or is his ceiling lower than anticipated?

If other teams value McLemore’s shooting and potential more than the Kings — and it seems that is the case — a deal will get done. If not on the day of the draft, later this summer.