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NBA Notes: Grizzlies' Ben McLemore fractures foot during pickup game

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NBA Notes: Grizzlies' Ben McLemore fractures foot during pickup game

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Memphis Grizzlies guard Ben McLemore has fractured his right foot in a pickup game and likely won't be ready for the start of the season.

The Grizzlies announced Tuesday that McLemore underwent surgery and would be out "an estimated 12 weeks."

The Grizzlies said McLemore got injured when he landed on another player's foot after driving to the basket during a pickup game in Los Angeles. He was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

McLemore, 24, signed with the Grizzlies last month after averaging 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 25.5 minutes in four seasons with the Sacramento Kings.

The 6-foot-5 guard had 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 19.3 minutes per game last season.

Knicks: Team hires Obama’s brother-in-law for front-office job
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks have hired former President Barack Obama's brother-in-law to a front-office position.

Craig Robinson was named vice president of player development Tuesday in a series of restructuring moves that followed the promotion of Steve Mills to president and the hiring of Scott Perry as general manager.

Robinson spent last season as Milwaukee's vice president of player and organizational development after serving as head coach at Oregon State (2008-14) and Brown University (2006-08).

The Knicks also hired Gerald Madkins as assistant general manager, Harold Ellis as director of player personnel, Michael Arcieri as director of basketball strategy and Fred Cofield as scout.

Perry says "We are adding a host of highly-regarded and respected basketball people to work with the Knicks to fortify the franchise for years to come."

Madkins returns to the Knicks, where he spent four seasons (2003-07) as a scout. Since then, he has serves in roles with Seattle/Oklahoma City (2007-08), Houston (2008-10), New Orleans (2010-12) and the Los Angeles Clippers (2013-17).

Ellis joins the organization after five seasons with Orlando as director of pro scouting. Arcieri also spent the past five seasons with Orlando, most recently serving as director of basketball operations last season.

Cofield was originally selected by New York in the fourth round of the 1985 NBA draft.

5 guards the Sixers should target in free agency

5 guards the Sixers should target in free agency

NBA free agency begins July 1 and the Sixers have plenty of money to spend.

With No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz in the fold alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Sixers have big pieces in place. Now Bryan Colangelo and company will look to complement them with the right players.

After looking at a few veteran free agents on Tuesday, we'll take a closer at the guards who could interest in the Sixers.

J.J. Redick
Redick has seemingly been the most popular guard linked to the Sixers this offseason. It makes sense. The Sixers need shooters and that's Redick's forte. Redick has shot 42 percent from three during his 11-year career. He's finished in the top five in three-point percentage in each of the last three seasons, including shooting a league-leading 48 percent in 2015-16.

He'll also add a veteran presence on a remarkably young team. He did just turn 33, but if the Sixers can front-load his deal, it could align with when the team is starting to become a contender. Defense is also a concern. Redick is adequate at best in that department. Plus his playoff resume has a lot to be desired.

Arron Afflalo
Afflalo might not be as prolific as Redick from three, but he's no slouch. He's shot at least 40 percent from downtown in six different seasons, including last season (41 percent). He's a little more versatile offensively as well, with the ability to score in different ways. 

Afflalo is also a little on the older side at 31 and not the greatest defender. He's coming off a down year, which you could attribute to playing on an awful Kings team. Then again, the down year could lower his price tag.

C.J. Miles
Miles seems like he's been in the league forever but he's just 30 years old. He came to the NBA directly from high school and it took him some time to find his niche. But he's certainly found it as a three-and-D floor spacer.

Miles might actually be the best fit for the Sixers at two guard/small forward. He shot a career-high 41 percent from three last season on 5.4 attempts a game. Miles isn't a game changer and won't break the bank, but he's a solid piece whose skill set would complement the current roster extremely well.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
This is where things could get a little interesting. Caldwell-Pope is already a strong defender with a budding offensive game. His shot is still a work in progress. He shot a career-high 35 percent from three and also knocked down 83 percent of his free throws last season. But he was arrested for a DUI back in March and will be suspended for the first two games of 2017-18.

He's a restricted free agent who the Pistons might have trouble hanging on to. He could get a max offer from a team like the Nets (if his off-the-court incident doesn't scare them off). The Sixers should at least make a phone call. The eighth overall pick in 2013, Caldwell-Pope has plenty of potential. If his shot continues to develop, he could give the Sixers a young, formidable starting five. 

Ben McLemore
The pick right before Caldwell-Pope in 2013, McLemore has never lived up to the billing of being the seventh overall pick. McLemore has averaged 9.4 points per game in his four-year career, but has improved his three-point percentage in each season. 

Like Afflalo, it's hard to know if McLemore's lack of success is fully on him. Sacramento is a place where prospects go to die (hopefully not this year because I really love De'Aaron Fox and Harry Giles). McLemore is also restricted, but with Fox and Buddy Hield — the prize of the Boogie Cousins trade — the Kings appear to be set in their backcourt. Again, McLemore was a high pick who produced at a high-level college program. He might be worth rolling the dice on.