clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Report: Raptors signing Ben McLemore to 10-day contract

New, comments

Former Kings guard should provide shooting on the wing while the team assesses the buyout market

Report: Toronto Raptors sign Ben McLemore to 10-day contract Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

According a report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Raptors have made another roster move, signing former Kings Guard Ben McLemore to a 10-day contract.

I speculated yesterday that McLemore would be a good fit; although his minutes have been trending downward, his three-point shooting has trended upward, and that’s a skill the Raptors need.

Meanwhile, a 10-day contract ensures the team maintains some flexibility in terms of additional roster moves; there are still many potential candidates who have not reached terms yet, so the Raptors likely don’t want to rush filling out the roster until that happens.

McLemore was drafted 7th overall by the Kings in 2013. He averaged 26 minutes per game as a rookie and 32 the next year, but then averaged about 20 the next three years — before dropping down to a measly 8.3 mpg this year, just as the Kings finally got good.

Although McLemore has never shot better than 44% from the field, he is a career 35% three-point shooter, and is shooting a career best 41% this season, on 2.2 attempts per game.

McLemore hasn’t cleared waivers just yet so it seems unlikely he’ll be available for tonight’s Knicks game, meaning the Raptors will have just three games to evaluate him before the All-Star break.