The Toronto Raptors made arguably the biggest trade of the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline by acquiring center Marc Gasol from Memphis for Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, CJ Miles and a 2024 second-round draft pick. Toronto also traded veteran center Greg Monroe and a 2021 second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for cash considerations.
Toronto, who sits 2nd in the Eastern Conference with a 40-16 record, is still trying to bulk up their bench and made another addition to it.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, former Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies guard Ben McLemore agreed with Toronto on a 10-day contract once he clears waivers. McLemore was waived by Sacramento before the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline after averaging 3.9 points in 8.3 minutes per game in 19 games. The 25-year-old guard shot 41.5 percent from three-point range in that span.
McLemore’s best game of the season came on Jan. 8 in the Kings’ 115-111 loss to Phoenix where he scored 20 points in 18 minutes of play.
McLemore spent the first four years of his career in Sacramento, then played with Memphis in 2017-18 before returning to Sac-Town this season. In his stint with Memphis, McLemore averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game.
Toronto traded away Delon Wright in the Marc Gasol deal meaning they needed a third-string point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet in McLemore. The signing is low risk, high reward if McLemore produces in his time with the team. At 25-years-old, he still has potential and is capable of returning to his 12.1 points per game form that he had in 2014- 15.