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Report: Kings near buyout with Jimmer Fredette

Feb 25, 2014, 10:28 AM EDT

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Jimmer Fredette has never quite found his role in Sacramento, now they are going to set him free and let him find his way with another team.

After trying unsuccessfully to trade Fredette for a second round pick at the trade deadline, the Kings are close to a buyout agreement with the third year NBA player, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette are finalizing a buyout agreement on his contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports…

Fredette had been one of college basketball’s most prolific scorers at BYU – scoring 2,599 points in his career – and earning consensus honors as college basketball’s player of the year in 2011. Nevertheless, he has struggled to find his niche with the Kings. Still, there are expected to be several teams with interest in signing him for the rest of the season, league sources said.

As for those trade reports…

Fredette will have to clear waivers, then he will be a free agent.

Fredette has shown he can shoot the ball, hitting 49.3 percent from three this season. He had a lot of success last season working off the ball but this season 45.6 percent of his shots come with him as the pick-and-roll ball handler (and he shoots a respectable 46.1 percent on those). Still he remains strong working off the ball, hitting 55.9 percent of his shots on catch-and-shoots and also does well coming off screens.

The big issue is he is a defensive liability, which has frustrated a series of Kings coaches and really suggests Fredette is suited to a reserve role in the NBA.

He is a free agent at the end of the season — the Kings did not pick up the option year on his contract — and there likely will be a team willing to give him a little tryout the rest of this season.

  1. 2016olympics - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Attention: Gar Foreman and John Paxson

    • chicagosports2014 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:53 PM

      His career would take off, over here.

  2. cruzan80 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    This has Knicks written all over it….

    • nycalldayz - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM


    • tuberippin - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:37 PM

      Knicks just got rid of a crappy guard (Beno Udrih) and are probably going to lose a second crappy guard soon as well (Felton)…

      … so there’s some openings to be the next no-defense G in New York.

  3. barkley4life - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    I would say he was headed to Miami for a 3andD role but his struggles on the perimeter probably don’t fit. He could fill Gary Neals role for the Spurs.

  4. bougin89 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    A player being bought out of his rookie contract? No team would take him from the Kings at the deadline for even a really protected 2nd round pick(which basically is nothing)? Crazy to think a guy can have such low value right now when he shoots so well from 3.

  5. khmerson562 - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    D’antoni kind of point guard. Go get him lakers

    • zacksdad - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      Yep, guard all offense and no defense. D’Antoni would start him over Pau.

      • dablakdrphil - Feb 25, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        As A Laker fan you’re right, he probably would start him over Gasol

  6. jayrandle - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Pat Riley….lets get it.
    He can replace James Jones role long term.
    (James Jones role is to be the 10th man on the bench…who specialize in 3 pointers.)

  7. jolink653 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Do it Knicks. At least he might be able to bring some excitement to an otherwise train wreck of a season

  8. chunkala - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Flashback to 2010 – “Jimmer Fredette, perennial all-star:”
    Nice call.

  9. ravenswhat - Feb 25, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Defensive liability? Wouldn’t that describe 90% of the players??

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