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Report: Knicks trying to trade up to get Jimmer Fredette

Jun 20, 2011, 2:41 PM EST

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Jimmer Fredette and how he fits in the NBA divides scouts and fans, but there is one thing almost all agree on — he’s a better fit in a wide-open offensive system where he would have more of a green light.

For example, Mike D’Antoni’s system with the New York Knicks.

Which explains why ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting (behind ESPN’s pay wall) the Knicks are trying to move up in the draft to see if they can get Jimmer.

Sources say that the Charlotte Bobcats (9), Milwaukee Bucks (10) and Golden State Warriors (11) are also open to moving their picks. In this case the interest is all pretty specific. The Knicks, and a handful of other teams, are trying to get ahead of the Jazz. The target? BYU’s Jimmer Fredette.

Interesting, but the Knicks are not exactly loaded with trade assets (those all went to Denver to get Carmelo Anthony, thank you very much James Dolan). Can Landry Fields and the No.17 pick move you up seven spots or so?

Is that worth it to get Jimmer? There is no way Jimmer falls to 17. There are a lot of teams willing to move picks in this draft but not a lot of teams willing to give up quality assets to move up. At least not yet.

  1. damp1015 - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    I don’t know about this. I like Fields, with the Melo trade his performance came down. I think this new season will be better given more time to mold with the new team. Fields had chemistry with Chandler, Felton, Gallinari and then he was put into a new line-up with Melo and Billups. And then Melo takes the ball out of Fields’ hands even more than he was used to. I like Jimmer as well, I just don’t know to be honest.

    • passerby23 - Jun 20, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      They only had 1/3 of a season to play together and try to get Melo acclimated. Give the Knicks a full season and some roster upgrades and they are a dangerous team. Fredette would fit in well here too.

  2. johnnyblaze518 - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    not only will jimmer fit in with the D’Antoni system he has a pretty nice fan base in NY that is his hometown…hopefully we get em go jimmer

  3. cosanostra71 - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    This move would have Isiah Thomas written all over it

  4. leearmon - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Isiah moving up to draft a white guy? And a mormon no less? Doubt it, although Isiah was a pretty damn good drafter

  5. chargerdillon - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    An undersized player on a team that already has two big offensive scorers. I don’t recall Jimmer being noted for his amazing defense, and i can’t imagine he’ll be successful on a team waiting to see the ball after Melo and Amare get theirs.

    Jimmer to Knicks sounds like just the type of pick a bad Knicks organization will make.

    Have the Knicks drafted anybody good since Patrick Ewing?

    • florida727 - Jun 20, 2011 at 5:09 PM

      No.

    • kev86 - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      Yes. Landry Fields was a good pick.

  6. palakerfan - Jun 20, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    The Knicks need another player whose focus is offense and can’t defend. D’Antoni has proven this works time and time again.

  7. barkley4life - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Its what they get for pushing Donnie Walsh out the door…lets draft a ball dominant guard to go with our ball dominant SF who struggles playing with our ball dominant PF. For our up tempo coach that is already on the hot seat and has one foot in Toronto if the other shoe drops.

    Somewhere….Spike Lee just said another curse word before the word Knicks…..

  8. kev86 - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Draft the big kid out of USC that has really long arms and can play center. He’ll help do some dirty work under the hoop and help keep Amare stay healthy for a potent 1,2 punch with our main man Melo.

  9. fouldwimmerlaik - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    So, if you are saying that Fredette fits into the Knicks system, does that mean he plays absolutely no defense?

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