McLemore is no longer expected to sign with the Raptors, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
McLemore was originally expected to ink a 10-day deal with the Raptors after being waived by the Kings last week, but some complications with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) caused the deal to stall and ultimately sputter out. The 26-year-old, who owns career averages of 8.8 points and 2.5 rebounds, will now look for work elsewhere.
After being waived by the Kings on Thursday, McLemore didn't clear waivers until Saturday and has yet to officially put pen to paper on a deal with Toronto, despite the two sides having apparently reached an agreement. The Raptors eliminated one potential barrier to bringing in McLemore by signing Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller to multi-year contracts, thereby bringing the roster to the 12 men mandated by the league for teams to sign players to 10-day deals. Toronto still has three open roster spots, with McLemore and Jeremy Lin on track to fill two of those vacancies. Even if McLemore's contract situation is resolved prior to Monday's game, he likely won't be included in coach Nick Nurse's rotation given his lack of practice time in advance.
McLemore struggled to carve out a role with the Kings this season, playing just 158 minutes before being waived this past week. The Raptors aren't afraid to take a small gamble on the former No. 7 overall pick, however, and will have him try out on a 10-day deal. The soon-to-be 26-year-old has shot 36.4 percent from deep since his second year in the league.
The Kings waived McLemore on Thursday, Sam Amick of The Athletic reports.
McLemore's second stint with the Kings will come to an unceremonious end after Sacramento found no takers for the 2013 lottery pick on the open market. Set to turn 26 years old next week and with career marks of 41.7 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point range, McLemore is running out of time to prove that he's a rotation-caliber player at the NBA level.
McLemore had three points and one rebound in 10 minutes during Tuesday's 122-105 victory over Phoenix.
McLemore played 10 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's thumping of the Suns, finishing with just three points and one rebound. It is the most court time he has seen this season and given the way the Kings are playing right now, there is no reason to believe that will change any time soon.
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