wco81 wrote:If the Warriors lose role players after this season, one possibility might be Ben McElmore, who's an RFA.
He was the #7 pick in 2013 and his stock seems to be down. Not a great shooter by any means, 41.7/35.2/78.0 for his career. 9.4 PPG for his career, and his best year was 2014/15 when he averaged 12.1.
The Kings have Hield, who shot better (48.0/42.8/81.4). Clearly he's their future at SG, while McElmore just averaged the lowest MPG of his career at 19.1.
Besides that, the Kings have 2 lottery picks (their own and the Pelicans' pick from the Cousins trade) as well as #34, also from the Pelicans. So at least two roster spots for rookies next year, which makes it even more likely that the Kings won't match an offer for McElmore.
Now what if his stock was so down that the Warriors could get him to replace Clark for the minimum? He earned over $4 million on the last year of his rookie deal so of course he's going to look to get paid. Some team may decide to give him more than a minimum contract, since he was a mid lottery pick and he still very young.
But if he's overlooked ...
We have no chance at BMac unless he doesn't get a QO, even the Miles Plumlee's of the world are getting 10 a year these days so I'm guessing BMac gets a contract that makes people think "WTF".
Well McElmore had a meh season in 2017-18 with the Grizzlies when I suggested him as a possibility.
Then in 2018-19 played just 19 games with the Kings, only 8 MPG. Injuries? He shot over 41% from 3, low attempts.
In 2019-20, he had his best efficiency season, 71 games, 23 starts, 22 MPG but shot 44.4/40/74.6 on 6.4 3PAs per game.
This year, he's only played 4 games but he seems to be a 3-point specialist now, already averaging 5.5 3PAs shooting 50%.
As #7 pick of 2013, his career didn't pan out the way expected. He's making only $2.3 million this year and is a UFA. Presumably he has some athletic ability to be picked so high, though only 6-3 or 6-4, 6-8 WS. So maybe he's a decent defender.
Sterling Brown shooting well his first year with the Rockets but only 10 games, shooting 51.6/45.9 on 3.7 3PA in 20 MPG. He's got a little more length at 6-5. He's earning a minimum salary this year, UFA after this season.