The Sacramento Kings were a part of the first deal of the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline frenzy when they completed a deal that sent Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans on Wednesday afternoon. While the deal was hardly a blockbuster, it’s just the beginning of a busy 24 hours in the Association.
However, the Kings might not be done dealing leading up to Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline. According to a report from Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, little-used sharpshooter Jimmer Fredette is a player to keep an eye on coming up to the deadline as it appears the Kings have more moves on their mind.
In his third season in the league and with the Kings, Fredette has once again seen his miniscule role reduced to near-nothingness as his minutes have decreased every year since playing 18.6 per game in his rookie campaign. In the 11.3 minutes per game that he’s been on the floor this season, though, Fredette has shown prowess as a shooter that we’ve all known has been there. Though he’s averaged just 5.9 points and 1.5 assists per game, he’s hitting only 47.5 percent of his shots and a ridiculous 49.3 percent of his attempts from long-range.
With Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reporting that the Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a deal involving Jarrett Jack, you would have to assume that Fredette could be a piece in that possible trade.
Fredette hasn’t made the impact on the NBA that he did with BYU in the college ranks, but there’s also a palpable sense that the Kings haven’t exactly given him the full opportunity to succeed at this level. Yes, Fredette isn’t the greatest ball-handler or defender, but he’s an elite shooter and that’s always going to be a commodity in this league. It’s hard to imagine that Fredette couldn’t succeed in a role where he plays 16-20 minutes off of the bench and is set up for open looks on the perimeter.
While the Kings look to rebuild with a new front office and ownership regime in place this season, sending Fredette out may be a part of that. More than that, though, a new home for Jimmer could mean new life for Jimmer. Perhaps I have a soft spot for guys who can pull up from 30 feet out with ease, but I’m all for anything that means new life for Fredette.