Grizzlies ink McLemore to multi-year deal

Ben McLemore has signed with the Grizzlies in free agency.

Free agent shooting guard Ben McLemore has signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, the team announced Friday.

ESPN reported the contract is for two years and $11 million.

McLemore, 24, was selected with the No. 7 overall draft pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2013 — but has largely been a disappointment since. The Kings declined to pick up their contract option on McLemore last week.

He averaged 8.1 points on 43 percent shooting this past season.

Many teams, including the Grizzlies, feel McLemore only needed a change of scenery and could possibly flourish in a new role. Others will tell you his work ethic is lagging in a league where energy and effort can carry a talented player a long way.

The Grizzlies recently lost power forward Zach Randolph in free agency to the Kings, and have been rumored to be exploring trades involving center Marc Gasol.