As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday morning, the Sacramento Kings are set to buy out Jimmer Fredette, who they were unable to deal at last Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline. Wojnarowski later reported that the New York Knicks were interested in acquiring the services of the guard with a now depleted point guard rotation.
However, another team has already emerged with interest in Fredette. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Memphis Grizzlies have expressed interest in acquiring Fredette once he clears waivers, Stein also added that the Grizzlies are one of several teams that have talked with the Kings in years past about a potential trade to land Fredette in Memphis.
Fredette’s role with the Kings this season has been near-nonexistent despite the fact that he’s been fantastic offensively in his limited time. Playing 11.3 minutes per game in his 41 appearances this season, Fredette has put up 5.9 points and 1.5 assists per game while hitting 47.5 percent of his shots and 49.3 percent of his three-point attempts.
Fredette has his shortcomings, most notably on the defensive end which makes him an odd fit for a defensive-minded Grizzlies team. However, he’s a perfect fit in giving the Grizzlies exactly what they need to possibly push this team to the next level.
In free agency this summer, Memphis picked up Mike Miller after he cleared waivers to help bolster their offense off of the bench. Miller has been solid, but he hasn’t been enough to make as big of a difference as the team has hoped. Throw in the shooting prowess of Jimmer, though, and the Grizzlies might have something cooking with their reserves.
Whether it’s with the Grizzlies or elsewhere, though, the good news is that we will more than likely see Fredette get his opportunity. In Sacramento, his minutes have decreased every season since his rookie year, which isn’t exactly the blueprint for developing young players. We’ll see if Fredette can prove the Kings wrong for doing so and if he can come close to living up to his past as the college star and 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.