Ben McLemore unlikely to sign rookie extension with Kings by Oct. 31 deadline

The Sacramento Kings are unlikely to reach a rookie-scale extension with guard Ben McLemore by the Oct. 31 deadline, league sources informed ESPN.

This result would allow for the fourth-year guard to enter restricted free agency following the 2016-17 campaign.

McLemore, 23, hasn't been in the ideal professional setting since the Kings took him with the seventh pick in the 2013 NBA draft. The Kings organization has been embedded in dysfunction, from ownership to abrupt coaching changes, and that revolving door has created a tumultuous locker room atmosphere.

It is believed throughout NBA circles that McLemore's best playing days would come in a different uniform; his name has been linked to much trade chatter the past few years.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein -- before the Milwaukee Bucks traded away Michael Carter-Williams to the Chicago Bulls this week -- the Bucks proposed a trade that would have swapped Carter-Williams for McLemore, but the Kings rejected that proposition.

If McLemore can put together a productive, consistent year, he would put himself in place for a lucrative payout in the offseason. For his career, he averages 9.7 points and shoots 35 percent from 3-point range.