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Kings turned down Ben McLemore for Michael Carter-Williams trade offer

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Following reports of trade discussions between the Sacramento Kings and the Milwaukee Bucks, ESPN’s Marc Stein has reported on a development in the negotiations.

The Bucks offered point guard Michael Carter-Williams for 23-year-old shooting guard Ben McLemore but the Kings have turned down the offer.

Milwaukee has a gap in their backcourt following the hamstring injury of Khris Middleton and they clearly don’t feel as though Carter-Williams is the player to fill the void. In order to space the floor effectively, the Bucks need a player who can pose more of a threat from beyond the arc and McLemore possesses the potential to do just that.

Although Sacramento would greatly benefit from improving at the point guard position, they seemingly don’t view Carter-Williams as the answer to their problem.

After the 2016-2017 season, Carter-Williams will be a restricted free agent, making this season a pivotal moment for his career. If he stays in Milwaukee, he will be competing with recently hailed point-forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and newly-acquired Australian Matthew Dellavedova for playing time.

Kings’ new coach Dave Joerger has been full of praise for McLemore during training camp and this refusal to trade suggests that the former Kansas standout is a part of the team’s plans.

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