Mar 16, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) drives to the basket against the Kansas State Wildcats in the second half during the championship game of the Big 12 tournament at the Sprint Center. Kansas defeated Kansas State 70-54. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings Looking to Trade Up, Targeting Ben McLemore


The Sacramento Kings own the seventh overall pick in tonight’s NBA Draft, but they’re not satisfied.

According to Adrian Wojanarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Kings are aggressively trying to move up on the draft board, targeting Kansas guard Ben McLemore.

McLemore is projected to go anywhere in the top five, and Seth Davis of CBSSports believes that he is the best player in the draft.

He spent just one season at Kansas, and averaged 15.9 points per game, shooting 42 percent from three-point range. Pundits have compared to Ray Allen, with his sharpshooting ability.

His draft stock dropped a bit when he signed with an agent who allegedly made payments to his AAU coach, as well as when he appeared out of shape during a workout with a lottery team.

However, it looks as if the Kings are convinced that he is the real deal.

One potential trade partner, according to CBSSports’ Ken Berger, could be the Phoenix Suns, who are looking to trade down from the No. 5 pick.

If they wind up keeping the pick, ESPN’s Chad Ford has them going with Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum. However, Ford reports that they are in trade talks with “a number of teams.”

So buckle your seat belts, folks. The draft begins in less than three hours.

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