In what comes as a surprise to almost nobody, the Sacramento Kings announced today that they have picked up the fourth-year team option for guard Ben McLemore. McLemore hasn't exactly lit the world on fire since entering the NBA, but he's shown enough potential and progress that picking up a cheap team option is an easy decision to make.
Usually, a team picking up their lottery pick's final team option is unsurprising, but it's something that hasn't happened to the Kings since DeMarcus Cousins. The team never got the chance to pick up a team option on Nik Stauskas (8th pick in 2014) or Thomas Robinson (5th pick in 2012) as both were traded either after or during their rookie seasons. Jimmer Fredette (10th pick in 2011) ended up getting his final team option declined and was later waived after failing to live up to expectations given his prolific college career.
With Ben (and hopefully rookie Willie Cauley-Stein), the Kings have found a guy who can be part of this team long-term. By all accounts McLemore has come into camp in terrific shape and with a more well-rounded game. Hopefully we'll see as big of a leap from him this year as we did last year.