With the Sacramento Kings currently rumored to be negotiating the buyout of Jimmer Fredette, the 6-foot-2 point guard will be on the market. A few teams have shown interest in signing Fredette, who just turned 25-years old yesterday. Fredette is only playing 11.3 MPG this season while scoring 5.9 PPG and dishing out 1.5 APG. In his third year in the league, Fredette hasn’t been given a real chance to succeed but has played well in the limited role he’s been given.
Among the teams interested in the point guard are none other than the New York Knicks, who could use him more than anyone.
When the Kings visited Madison Square Garden on February 12, Fredette scored 24 points in 27 minutes. Why he only played four minutes after that game is beyond me. The Knicks got a good look at Jimmer that night and to not aggressively pursue him, if the Kings do indeed buy him out, would be a mistake. Among all the holes on the New York Knicks team, the point guard position is the most conspicuous.
Fredette handles the ball extremely well. In 171 career NBA games, Fredette has averaged only one turnover per game. He shoots the 3-pointer as well as anyone in the league and is currently shooting .493 percent this season from behind the arc. For his career, Jimmer is averaging only 1.5 apg but again, he hasn’t played enough to accumulate assists especially on a poor team like the Kings.
It was reported today by the Daily News that Jimmer’s father, Al Fredette, said he and his wife would love to see their son in a Knicks uniform. Fredette is from Glens Falls, NY and the Fredettes would love to have Jimmer closer to home in New York. Fredette’s father also said that he was told Jimmer must be waived by Friday and signed by another team to be eligible for the playoffs. That being said, the Knicks better sign him the second he becomes available.
With Raymond Felton, Pablo Prigioni and the recently signed Shannon Brown as your only point guards, it is a necessity to grab Jimmer Fredette. With a chance to play, Fredette will pass the ball well and shoot even better in New York. Hopefully coach Mike Woodson will play him but that’s another story.