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It’s official: Kings reach buyout with Jimmer Fredette

Feb 27, 2014, 6:24 PM EDT

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Jimmer Fredette is going to get his freedom. He’s getting another chance in a new market to prove he belongs in an NBA rotation.

Unable to win over the three coaches he had in Sacramento, the Kings announced Thursday they had reached a buyout deal with Fredette. He has to still clear waivers but once that happens he will be an unrestricted free agent.

“This was a very tough decision, but we’re confident that the agreement reached today represents the most productive path forward, both for Jimmer and the Kings,” Sacramento general manager Dave D’Alessandro said in a released statement. “Echoing a sentiment that everyone who knows him appreciates about Jimmer, he’s a tremendous person and a consummate professional. We thank him for the meaningful contributions he made to the team and in the Sacramento community. On behalf of an entire organization, we wish him nothing but great success in the future.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls are considered the front-runners for his services once he clears waivers.

The Kings took Fredette out of BYU with the No. 10 pick in the NBA draft. He can shoot the rock — he is shooting 49.3 percent from three this season and knocks down 55.9 percent of his shots on catch-and-shoots. As a floor spacer working off the ball he does well. However, 45.6 percent of his shots attempts this season come with him as the pick-and-roll ball and he shoots a solid 46.1 percent on those. He also is a serious defensive liability.

If he goes to a team that uses him the right way — and he accepts that role — Fredette can have a healthy NBA career. He’s never going to be the star some thought he would be, but there is a place for him in the NBA rotation.

  1. phillysports1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    Philly will be a nice fit . For the next several years

  2. AndiMirandi - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Pretty sure it’s Pete D’Alessandro.

    Good luck Jimmer! You never got a fair go of it here in Sacramento. Sign somewhere and knock ‘em dead kid!

  3. birdsflynorth206 - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    It’s definitely Pete not Dave. As for Jimmer, he was a bad pick for the kings to start with. He never got a fair shot.

    • AndiMirandi - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      I agree. The Maloofs tried to sell us on him being our “savior” and he never got the playing time or consistency that young players need. I wish him nothing but the very, very best.

  4. Caleb Flanagan - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    JImmer might not ever be a massive superstar in the NBA, but I still believe that with consistent, quality minutes and the chance to get into a rhythm off the bench he could be good for 10 to 15 points on any given night. He has the shooting ability, but Sacramento never gave him a fair shot at being on the court enough to show it off.

    He’ll probably never be more than an average defender at best though, even if he put a lot of focus into being better on that end of the floor. Defense is just not his strong suit in any way. He can be better at it than he is right now though.

  5. casualcommenter - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    I think Jimmer would do best coming off the bench – giving him less difficult matchups on defense – on a team with a good defensive system that provides a lot of help.

    The Bulls would be smart to give him a shot on a cheap deal. They desperately need guys who can score, and they have enough good defenders and a well-oiled defensive system that has been able to mask defensive liabilities like Boozer and still finish in the top-5 of defensive efficiency ratings.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    “he is shooting 49.3 percent from three this season”

    How do you not find a way to play this guy?

    The Kings be Shaqtin a fool.

  7. markofapro - Feb 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Can’t play defense

  8. suckittrebek76 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    Everybody loves white guys in the NBA

  9. saintlaron - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Knicks

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