Raptors Add Shooting Depth, Sign Ben McLemore to 10-Day Contract
After a number of trades at the deadline, the Toronto Raptors were left with five empty roster spots.
The next logical move of course is to fill out the spots with role players who will hopefully round out the team ahead of the postseason.
The Raptors began doing just that on Saturday only hours before Marc Gasol’s debut with the team. After he clears waivers, shooting guard Ben McLemore is set to join the Raptors on a 10-day contract. McLemore was bought out by the Sacramento Kings after appearing in just 19 games this season in limited minutes.
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A seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft, the athletic McLemore has failed to live up to his hype, but that being said, he could potentially fill a hole on the Raptors roster. Averaging 8.8 points per game for his career, he has converted on 41.5-percent of his three point attempts this season and is a career 35.3-percent shooter from long range.
In what is a low-risk, high-reward move, the Raptors will hope that McLemore can turn into a capable perimeter shooter coming off the bench.
After parting ways with Malachi Richardson, Greg Monroe, Jonas Valanciunas, C.J. Miles, and Delon Wright at the deadline, the Raptors still have a few more roster spots to fill as they are expected to be aggressive players in the buyout market.