The veteran shooting specialist became a free agent on Monday after being released by the Houston Rockets last week and clearing waivers. Other contenders had interest in McLemore including the Milwaukee Bucks, according to the report. Ben McLemore’s agent is Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul, who has close personal and business ties with LeBron James and also represents Anthony Davis.
McLemore, 28, is in his eighth NBA season after being selected with the No. 7 pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2013 NBA draft. A career 36.3% 3-point shooter, McLemore averaged 7.4 points and 2.1 rebounds primarily coming off the bench in Houston this season.
He’ll likely play a similar role with the Lakers as they look to shore up their roster for the stretch run of the season and the playoffs. The Lakers, playing without injured stars James and Davis, are in fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
McLemore is the second roster addition in Los Angeles since the NBA trade deadline. The Lakers also signed center Andre Drummond after his post-deadline buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers. For now, McLemore and Drummond will help fill voids on a roster beset by injuries. Both player bring skill sets that will keep them relevant in the rotation if the Lakers return to better health for the postseason.