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Kings notes: McLemore finds amusement in being in stitches

So much for Ben McLemore’s unstitched life.

McLemore has three sisters and two brothers, enough youth in a home to provide a fair share of mishaps.

McLemore, who is playing with a bandage to cover five stitches above his right eye, recalled a conversation with his mother, Sonya Reid, about how he escaped childhood unscathed in that aspect.

“I was talking to my mom about it when I was back at home,” McLemore said. “I’m the only child (who never had stitches), and she said, ‘Yeah, you were the only child trying to stay out of trouble.’”

That all changed Oct. 24 when McLemore clashed heads with Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington in the preseason finale in Las Vegas. The collision left McLemore with a nasty gash and blood in his hair after the game.

And it also meant McLemore had something different to say to his mother. “I was like, ‘Aw, man, now I’ve got to get stitches, now I’m with the stitch crew,’” McLemore said.

McLemore, who said he hopes to have the stitches out next week, added that playing with the bandage on his head has not bothered him.

Rotation shuffling – One uncertain spot in the Kings’ rotation is the backup small forward behind Rudy Gay. Derrick Williams was the first small forward off the bench in Wednesday’s season-opening loss to Golden State.

Friday night against the Portland Trail Blazers at Sleep Train Arena, it was Omri Casspi who replaced Gay in the first quarter. Casspi didn’t play until the second half Wednesday.

Trade chatter – Since being hired as general manager in June 2013, Pete D’Alessandro has been known for being on the phone a lot trying to make a deal.

And only two games into the season, the Kings were involved in reports of trying to make a deal for Golden State guard Klay Thompson, who signed a four-year extension reportedly worth about $70 million. The catch in the reports is the Kings would not make Gay or DeMarcus Cousins available in a deal.

Considering the Warriors wouldn’t part with Thompson for All-Star Kevin Love, the Kings had no chance of landing Thompson in a deal that didn’t involve one of their two best players.

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