The glory days of the one-time Brigham Young star are long gone, and he is currently keeping seats at the end of the Sacramento Kings bench warm.
The 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft has been drawing trade interest from other clubs, reports Sam Amico of FSO.
Fredette currently looks to be slotted as the third, and quite possibly even fourth, point guard on the Kings depth chart. There is no possible win-win situation for either Sacramento or Jimmer by keeping him around, so a trade would benefit both.
Jimmer, only 24, still has a ton of potential to be a decent scorer in the NBA, but how can he be best used?
He clearly is not big enough, or strong enough, to play shooting guard against other NBA two’s, but as a scoring guard off the bench, he sure could prove strong.
Look at his Per 36 minute numbers from 2013- 18.4 points, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 42% from three, and 86% from the foul line. He clearly has the ability.
It seem that a role of score-first, backup point guard, would allow him to thrive, and I explored some options that he could do so in.
I like the Spurs as a fit for Fredette. Gary Neal played the role of combo-scoring guard off the bench for Gregg Popovich for a few seasons before departing to Milwaukee, and I could see Fredette stepping right in behind Tony Parker and playing well in San Antonio. Plus, San Antonio may be able to snag him for a second-rounder, or even cash. A perfect fit, eh?
Jimmer has skill, and an uncanny ability to put the ball in the hole. But, it’s obviously difficult to do that when you are squeezed in on the bench of a poorly run team. That said, expect Sacramento to shop the former NCAA Player of the Year candidate, and expect a team such as the Spurs to show interest (or at least they should).