Report: Do Kings want to trade Ben McLemore? Or is that what Karl wants?

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This summer there were rumors flying around — getting Celtics’ fans excited — that the Sacramento Kings wanted to trade DeMarcus Cousins. They didn’t. Well, not owner Vivek Ranadive and GM Vlade Divac. Coach George Karl did. There was some tension between Karl and Cousins that both sides have said is patched up. You can decide for yourself the level of truth in that, but Cousins spent All-Star weekend swatting down those kinds of rumors.

Now there are rumors the Sacramento Kings are shopping young sharpshooter Ben McLemore, and teams such as the Cavaliers are interested.

But do the Kings want to move him, or is this more Karl? From Sam Amick of the USA Today.

The Kings need to look at any potential McLemore deal not as what’s good for Karl but rather as part of a bigger picture — will what they get in return for him make them better, particularly long-term?

McLemore is athletic, can defend, is starting to grasp the game better, and is shooting 37 percent from three this season. He made nice progress from his rookie to sophomore season, but that has stalled out some this season under Karl. Is that because of Karl, his system, and the dysfunction around the Kings, or is his ceiling lower than anticipated? All of this informs any potential trade the Kings could make — if the Kings don’t see as much potential as someone else, there is value there in the Kings making a trade. If not, hold him and see if the next coach can put him in better positions to succeed.

My guess is he stays, unless some team in desperation throws up a big offer.