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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 10:35 am  |  52 responses

Sacramento Kings to Reportedly Buyout Jimmer Fredette

The Jimmer Fredette Era in Sacramento appears to have come to an end. The Kings are said to be finalizing a buyout with the 25-year old guard, making Fredette a free agent should he clear NBA waivers. Per Yahoo!:

The Kings tried to move Fredette before Thursday’s trade deadline, but were unable to find a destination for him. 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.

Fredette, 25, has averaged 5.9 points per game for the Kings this season – and seven in his three-year NBA career.

Before the season, the Kings passed on picking up the 2014-15 option on Fredette’s contract, almost assuring that he’d be elsewhere next season.

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  • King David

    come to the Knicks please !!!

  • Jeremy de Sa

    I’ll use his name as a verb anyways.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what, Jimmer got cut? shocker. if he wants to look like a legit NBA player, he’ll go wherever Mike D’Antoni is coaching, he might not win, but he made Chris Duhon look like a good NBA player, he can do that for Jimmer.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    The Kings can quit trying to sabotage his career

  • GP

    I can see Jimmer making a JJ Reddick type comeback in the next couple of years.

  • http://elevatedsportstalk.wordpress.com/ theDankerNuggets

    Spurs or Bulls would be the best spots for him, he’d fit their offenses great and they would be better than most at hiding him on defense

  • i_ball

    I think he has a place in the NBA. You can never have enough shooters on a team

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah he does, he’s basically Eddie House, but if he wants to get the reputation as an “everyday” type of guy, he should go to a system like D’Antoni’s, where he has to play no defense and gets a wide open court to play in.

  • ATL dynamite

    He needs a system to get himself open. Teams like San Antonio, Atlanta or Suns (if he can catch up with their pace and thrive in the system by lighting up 3s) could use him.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he would probably have like 5 20 point games at least the rest of this season if he was to play for d’antoni

  • spit hot fiyah

    d’antoni was the first one that came to mind for basketball reasons. utah was the first one for marketing reasons

  • Caboose

    This dude is one of the worst NBA players in the past 10 years. I’m not kidding.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    JJ Redick is a solid NBA defender who has good size………Jimmer has neither of those traits, and JJ is a better shooter.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i just really don’t understand why people thought he was going to be a spark plug shooter off the bench. the steph curry comparisons were always batsh*t crazy to me.

  • Caboose

    Like, there are power forwards with better handle and court vision than him. And his defense ASPIRES to horrendous.

  • Caboose

    And JJ is a better ball-handler.

  • dk

    his max potential will always be as second unit PG. When he tighten up his dribble and really become steady, then he’ll be jimmering like FIRE.
    As a spot up shooter, he’ll still average 8~11points MAX.

  • Elliot

    Miami heat could use him as they’re looking for a back up gaurd

  • JoeMaMa

    Redick averaged about 6 points a game for his first 4 years in the league, and was atrocious on defense. He stuck it out, worked on his defensive weaknesses, shot the lights out, and now he’s a good player.

    Ah well, we’ve discussed this. The proof will be in the pudding. I hope he goes to a team that plays up his shooting. We shall see!

  • ATL dynamite

    If a Kendall Marshall can play like a Steve Nash 2.0 in stats, anything is possible.

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Jimmer needs to sign with the Jazz go back to Utah seriously Jimmer showed against the Knicks that he can shoot and play in the NBA the Kings have just ruined his career

  • GP

    See JoeMaMa’s comment below. Agreed on the defensive part though but he can still be Eddie House, like you said.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    JJ was atrocious on defense, but he was still better than Jimmer is. And he had room to grow on that end. Jimmer, doesn’t. it’s not like he’s that young, he turned 25 today.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and not a damn thing has changed,

    “nbk • 3 years ago

    He will be right in the mold of Eddie House in the NBA. Slower release, a little less athletic, better ball handler. Defensive issues will be too big of a hill to climb, especially at the 1 where it is now a PG’s league”

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com/ Dutch Rich

    My white side is saddened by this news. If McDermott doesn’t pan out I will have to completely renounce half of my cultural heritage….I will start by always washing my hands after I use the toilet…..

  • spit hot fiyah

    jj a better ball handler than jimmer? not sure about that one even though i have to admit i have not watched that much of jimmer. jj was playing off the ball all his years at duke and also in the pros. while jimmer was basically a scoring pg at byu in the sense that he had the ball in his hands a lot. and jimmer has shown some craftiness with the dribble. i haven’t seen that from jj, possibly because he doesn’t get the opportunity to show it. but based on what i have seen i have to give the edge to jimmer on the ball handling.

  • http://bit.ly/1ekQBIB SirGrey

    Bulls ? What offense ?

  • AgentDRL

    So aged 25 is considered ‘old’ in basketball terms now is it?

  • DJ_BobbyPeru

    He should sign with the Jazz. Because…ummmm…I don’t know…restaurants in Utah would definitely give him meals on the house, for the memories.

  • http://elevatedsportstalk.wordpress.com/ theDankerNuggets

    you know, the whole Korver/Bellinelli role that Dunleavy is clearly not working as right now

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no but it’s that age where we pretty much know what a player is physically. and we have a pretty good idea of each guys potential by this age. there are exceptions of course, but Jimmer has not shown anything that would lead me to believe he’s going to be an exception. He’s right in the Eddie House (most likely) / Bobby Jackson (at best) / Michael Ruffin (at worst) mold of NBA player.

  • JoeMaMa

    Redick was also 25 years old in his 3rd year, going for 6 a game, shooting 39% FG and 37% 3s. And his defense was brutal for several years.
    Jimmer can still grow. He was a gunner in college, and has been on his 3rd coach in 3 years – and Keith Smart had NO clue what he was doing. So yes, Jimmer can still grasp defensive spacing, footwork, rotations, etc.
    And for the record, I don’t think he’ll ever be an All Star. But I think 10-12 points a game on 40+% 3s is definitely doable, and that’s nice to have in today’s NBA.

  • guest

    We could definitely use a shooter plus all the mormons love him here.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    really? Keith Smart didn’t know how to use him, but Mike Malone? he just cut him. What does that say? we all know Malone is a better coach than Smart, and Malone played him less minutes than Smart did until he eventually paid him to leave……

    Jimmer is 6’2″ on his tallest of days, he’s slow and a poor athlete, physically speaking, he doesn’t have the defensive potential that JJ did….
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    10-12 points off the bench on 40% 3pt shooting is definitely doable…..but that’s not what JJ Redick is. JJ’s a starting SG on a conference contender who doesn’t really hurt his team that much defensively that puts up 16 points a game on 40% 3pt shooting.

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    my opinion of Jimmer still has not changed one lick since he was in college, he’s a potential spark plug off the bench who will always be terrible defensively. He’s Eddie House.

  • http://bit.ly/1ekQBIB SirGrey

    I agree with the defensive hiding a bit but he’s just too short to fit that role.

  • bike

    The heads of the Mormon Church just placed an order for 50,000 seagulls to fly over and sh*t on Cap City Kingdom.

  • danpowers

    that was just a big slap in bobby jacksons face

  • Christine Paul

    he’s a potential spark plug off the bench who will always be terrible defensively. He’s Eddie House.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    at very best lol

  • Caboose

    This “craftiness” was against sh!tty college competition though. As a fan of the Magic and a resident of Sacramento, there’s probably few people who have seen a higher number of JJ/Jimmer games than I have. Jimmer has better pure handles, sure. In that, he could perform a better spin move on the practice court.

    However, he has no instincts for ball handling. Jimmer would be far more likely to dribble into a double team and pick up the ball than JJ. Furthermore, his tunnel vision is FAR worst than Redick’s; Redick may not rack up the assists but he keeps the offense flowing. Jimmer is the exact opposite of that. Look at the TOV%, Jimmer’s is more than double Redick’s.

  • Caboose

    There is nothing Jimmer does better than Eddie House.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk
  • Caboose

    Lol fair enough.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    what do you think about Doug McDermont?

  • BIG ED

    just like Tyler Hansbrough great college player but a role player at best in NBA

  • spit hot fiyah

    “Jimmer has better pure handles, sure.”

    that’s really what i was talking about even though ball handling in a vacuum is not worth anything. so your observations are relevant in this case.

    “there’s probably few people who have seen a higher number of JJ/Jimmer games than I have”

    should i feel bad for u? because i kind of do

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s a good question, i haven’t really seen him too much against NBA level athletes, but with his size and skillset, i think he can be a rotation player in the NBA. probably not a long term starter, but he should be able to produce in the right situations

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    i know his skill set is different from jimmer, but his situation seems similar. He’s a great college player who always has the ball, will be interesting to see how he translates to the league where that won’t happen. He might even get overdrafted like Jimmer.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    McDermott is a stretch 4 in the NBA. he’s not really going to have size issues, and he’s not going to need the foot speed to play defense on the perimeter. he has A LOT more going for him on the next level than Jimmer did/does.

  • Redd

    At 25 he’s seen little to know development or progress..so yes it is.

  • Caboose

    Lol yeah…..

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