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Report: Kings decline option on Jimmer Fredette, will be free agent next summer

Oct 31, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

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Jimmer Fredette still has a small but dedicated group of believers that “Jimmermania” still exists, if he just would get a chance.

The Sacramento Kings are apparently not in that group — they are not going to pick up the 2014-15 $3.1 million option, reports Sam Amick of the USA Today.

That means next summer Fredette will be an unrestricted free agent. It is possible he gets traded as well — Amick reports that half a dozen teams have had some level of conversation with the Kings about Fredette. As the season moves along some team may put enough on the table to get a deal done (but Utah is not among those interested, Amick reports.

Fredette is not going to get much of a chance with the Kings this year — he is behind Greivis Vasquez, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton and Ben McLemore in the rotation and isn’t going to leapfrog those guys. He will get limited minutes.

Fredette sees himself as a point guard but that is not his future at the NBA level (the Kings were not good when he was in that roll because he doesn’t set others up well). Rather, his future is as a shooter and a role player off the bench. He likes the ball in his hand and he can create a shot for himself — he shot 46 percent as the pick and roll ball handler last year but just 33 percent in isolation — but those tend to be difficult shots. And he is shoot first and pass later in that role.

His future is as a catch-and-shoot guy — he hit 38 percent on catch-and-shoot threes last season. He doesn’t defend well enough to start, it will be a bench shooter role for him, if he can accept that.

Maybe he gets a better chance this season after a trade, or next season after he signs somewhere else. It may not be Jimmermania but it can be a good NBA role if he makes the most of it.

  1. spursareold - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    If they wanted even a halfway decent return, they should have picked up his option. Who’s going to trade much for a player who’s an unrestricted FA next summer?

    • psubeerman21 - Nov 1, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      The old “trash for trash” trade. What they will get back is next to nothing, but whoever that ends up being might do better in a different situation. But you are right, expect nothing.

  2. kb2408 - Oct 31, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    I could be wrong but I still think this dude can be a good player in the NBA, if he gets a legitimate opportunity.

    • borderline1988 - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      He can be exactly what the author says he can be…a good shooter off the bench, with the added bonus that he has some ability to create his own shot (i.e. is not necessarily a pure catch and shoot player).

      If he wants to be a valued player in the NBA, he needs to have a JJ Redick transformation. Jimmer needs to get himself in the best shape possible, and work on becoming at least a decent defender. In the mold of Kirk Henreich or JJ Redick, he’d always have a job in the NBA b/c he can shoot from distance. You can never have too many of those guys (the Spurs love those players!).

    • casualcommenter - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      Agreed – and honestly, if they were “done” with him, they could have picked up his option and traded him away for a second round pick at least.

      Fredette is still a question mark, but he’s proven he can hit 3’s at the very least, and there are teams out there who could really use some cheap 3-point shooting off the bench and would gladly give up a second rounder.

    • topdawg4ever - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Pretty sure he’s the Tebow of the NBA.

  3. csbanter - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    People said the same things about JJ Redick and last anyone checked his career is alive and well. Jimmer won’t dominate like he did in college but he’ll find his niche.

  4. farvite - Oct 31, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Damon Bailey says hi

  5. wowwowbad - Nov 1, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Who would? I mean, his potential seems pretty limited. I even doubt if he can eventually play in the NBA. Why this guy was not sending to the D-league? He’s clearly not at NBA level right now. Maybe playing in D-league or overseas will help him.

  6. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    he’s a poor mans Reddick.

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