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Kings still listening to Jimmer Fredette trade offers

Aug 20, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

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Jimmer Fredette is not going to get a lot of court time in Sacramento this season. Fredette insists he is a point guard but he is at best third in that rotation behind Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Thomas, plus rookie Ray McCallum looked good in Summer League and could land some minutes at the one. If you want to make Fredette a two guard there is Ben McLemore, Marcus Thornton and John Salmons ahead of him.

Does that put Fredette on the trade block?

It’s time for the NBA’s semantics game of “we’re not shopping but we’re listening” with Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee…

“The Kings are not actively shopping Jimmer, but they have had calls and apparently will move him if the deals makes sense,” said Jones…

“The Kings still believe Jimmer has value to teams in the league,” Jones said. As the February trade deadline approaches, that’s when the Kings will likely push harder to move him — hopefully to a team that actually has an idea of how to use him. Then we’ll find out whether or not Jimmer can contribute meaningful minutes for an NBA team.

This is nothing new, it’s just a question of what other teams will give up. Which is not much.

Fredette can shoot the rock from deep — he hit 41.7 from beyond the arc last season — which is why some rebuilding team could give him a shot. His regular shooting percentage improved as well (42.1 percent) but the fact remains that against NBA defenders he doesn’t really create his own shot that well and taking contested shots is not going to win you points with NBA front office guys.

Fredette took most of his shots last season as the ball handler in the pick-and-roll and shot a respectable 46.4 percent (again, because he’s good at off-balance and contested shots), but his future remains as a catch-and-shoot guy and he shot just 40 percent doing that last season (but 38.1 percent from three). (Stats via Synergy Sports.)

If you were looking for a guy likely traded during camp or by the deadline, I’d move him into your “pretty darn likely” category.

  1. Ryan Manley - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Could be a perfect fit for the Knicks….losing Novak, but the ability to turn him into a threat in that 3-pt shooting offense…tempting. As far as a returning package, i could see this:

    Knicks receive: Grevis Vasquez & Jimmer Fredette
    Kings Receive: Raymond Felton

    • matthewpgrace - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      I think the Knicks and the Lakers are a Great fit, Woodson and D’Antoni would allow this kid to have a break out All Star caliber year …Fredette was simply ABUSED by his Incompetent , Ignorant coach “smart” for 2 years,,,
      Every time he got hor “smart’ would yank him,,, HORRIBLE.

      This kid is the stone cold goods. A team first player with great Basketball IQ and Great passing ability as well as am unstoppable scorer. I mean unstoppable. Watch his you tube Highlights and see him embarras D Rose, Brandon Knight and MANY other who try to defend him Fredette can drive on ANYONE can dish with the best of them and is the best outside shooter on the planet,

      His defense continues to improve he is NOT a liability on defense,

      Per minute played Fredette actually IS an elite scorer….The article title should be
      Fredette scored more points per 48 minutes than Kemba Walker, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant , Dwayne Wade and Damian Lilliard. More than Carlos Boozer , Chris Bosch and David Lee. …
      Fredette was tied with Monta Ellis. That marks hin as an elite scorer in the
league. Only 5 other PG’s scored more points per 48 minutes…
      Fredette shot the 3 better than Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Ryan Anderson,
Carmelo Anthony, Jj Reddick, Kevin Love, Manu Ginobli, Monta Ellis and Lebron
      he was 6th in the league in freethrow shooting for PG’s He is the 12th best in
the NBA FT shooter overall.
      The interesting thing is Fredette is ALWAYS improving…Always working on
improving and refining his game…Do the math and you
have a Star just waiting for his chance…

      • Kurt Helin - Aug 21, 2013 at 7:50 PM

        Have you really watched him play? He’s not good at creating shots for himself or others and he shoots a lot of contested shots.

      • ryanrockzzz - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:07 AM

        Matthew- if Fredette couldn’t succeed on last year’s team, (in which he had every opportunity to earn starting minutes daily), and the front office traded for a player who plays his position, maybe they see something you do not.

        Fredette would be good on my Sixers. They still need to hit that wonderful thing called the cap floor, and Fredette is better than any of the players they could extend qualifying offers out to.

        A future second round pick could get that done.

        The only thing I can say I agree with you on is that no player has had a chance in Sac-Town. It has been the blind leading the blind over there, and hopefully that changes under Malone and co.

    • drewnusser - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      I agree that he’d fit in well with the Knicks – don’t forget about them losing Copeland as well. But why would the Kings ever agree to that deal? I’d take Vasquez over Felton by himself, let alone the pair of them.

  2. 00maltliquor - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Bring the Jimmer Show to LA! Let’s take a flyer on him!

  3. runthepicketfence - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    This kid was an absolute blast to watch in college. I’ve never seen range like that (or the balls on someone who regularly pulls up at half court). Hope he finds a good fit somewhere where he can get some quality minutes and develop.

    • henryd3rd - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Yes; he was one man “highlight film” in college; but the NBA is where the big boys play ball and he’s challenged on the defensive side of the court.

      • fanofevilempire - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        he is a spot up shooter, that’s it.

      • badintent - Aug 21, 2013 at 2:49 AM

        Yes, he will be killing it in China. Soon.With Starbury. But not T-Mac

  4. bparmalee - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Someone will trade for him…. “fan favorite and all” but so far he doesn’t look like an NBA player. Kinda reminds me of Bryce Drew. Jimmer will bounce around some and then head off to play overseas.

  5. jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Isn’t Reddick a catch and shoot guy or am I just a moron?

    • Kurt Helin - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      He has developed a more rounded game than that now, but that is his core strength.

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        Ah, the bigger man. Thanks for the insight. I just remember Reddick being touted as a stretch shooter. So essentially he added some defense?

        Then the difference between Jimmer and JJ make sense.

    • money2long - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      reddick can create some plays for others.

  6. kvanhorn87 - Aug 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Sixers will offer Evan turner and Thaddeus young for Jimmer and Sacramentos #1 pick

  7. JMClarkent - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Is anyone running an old-school Triangle? I’d take him in a “Craig Hodges” role…

  8. Elt Surnoir - Aug 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    “…some rebuilding team could give him a shot.” Aren’t the Kings a rebuilding team?

  9. legendsports124 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Teams won’t be drafting jimmer types with lottery pick anymore. Guys like him, Adam Morrison are setting teams back a few years. wasted pick

  10. mrhoopfan - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Backup pg for the Utah Jazz!!!

  11. wowwowbad - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    Teams that need shooters will interested in him a little bit, for example, 76ers. Despite JRich, no one on that team has a reliable outside shot.

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