NBA trade rumors: Ben McLemore targeted by Kings, who look to trade up


The Sacramento Kings are attempting to move up in the draft to nab former Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore.

The Sacramento Kings are searching for ways to trade up from their seventh spot in the 2013 NBA Draft, and Ben McLemore is a potential target, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Both Ken Berger of CBS Sports and USA Today reporter Sam Amick reported that the Phoenix Suns and their No. 5 pick is the most likely option.

Sacramento might have options at the shooting guard and small forward positions, but under new ownership they could ship off Marcus Thornton and John Salmons. The Kings also run the risk of losing Tyreke Evans, who became a restricted free agent on Wednesday as the team extended a qualifying offer.

Though McLemore has slipped and could fall out of the top five picks as questions arose regarding his private team workouts, he is still billed as one of the top talents in the draft class. And considering a number of teams ahead of the Kings are searching for shooting guards, it would be surprising for McLemore to fall to seventh.

Furthermore, it's unclear what will happen considering other teams are attempting to move into the top five. On Wednesday, Wojnarowski reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder were hoping to move from their 12th slot into the top five. The Minnesota Timberwolves were also shopping a package to acquire a top-five pick, according to Chad Ford and Marc Stein of ESPN.

At the very top of the draft order, the Cleveland Cavaliers have also been shopping the top pick, according to ESPN.

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