Preparing to defend their title against a growing roster of strong contenders, the Los Angeles Lakers will sign veteran Ben McLemore in the last place remaining on their roster according to Athletic’s Shams Charania.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 6, 2021
McLemore, 28, was released by the Houston Rockets three days earlier after struggling to find his place with the New Look Rockets.
The seven-year veteran’s numbers were down this season, averaging just 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 16.8 minutes under freshman coach Stephen Silas.
McLemore made 40% of his three-point attempts last season, and the Lakers are hoping he will regain his touch when he puts on purple and gold as LA continues to struggle to put points on the board without LeBron James and Anthony Davis the lineup.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Wesley Matthews, Alex Caruso and Marc Gasol can all shoot; they just aren’t pulling enough.
While Brooklyn has stacked its roster with top players this season in hopes of winning their first title, the Lakers have made some subtle additions to a team that would be a basement dweller without James and Davis.
McLemore, who shone with the Rockets playing alongside James Harden and Russell Westbrook last year, struggled to find opportunities in this year’s young and developing squad.
The Rockets attempted to swap the 6-foot-3 guard before the March 25 deadline, but found no one willing to accept his expiring contract and dropping numbers.
The Sacramento Kings made McLemore the seventh pick in the 2013 draft, and he averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in his rookie season.