It’s a matter of when, not if at this point.
At least that’s the perception when it comes to the Sacramento Kings trading Jimmer Fredette. On Thursday, Hoopsworld reported that the Kings decided not exercise the 2014-15 team option on Fredette, which would have paid him $3.1 million for that season. Instead, Fredette is in line to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Fredette was the team’s 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft but didn’t play in the Kings season opener on Wednesday. He is reportedly behind Greivis Vasquez, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton and rookie Ben McLemore in the Kings’ backcourt.
According to a second person with knowledge of the situation, the Kings have received trade interest from about six teams about Fredette and, surprisingly, the Utah Jazz are not known to be among that group. The Jazz could use another perimeter scorer, and Fredette’s popularity in that region would come as an added bonus at a time when they’re rebuilding around young talents Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors.
Last season, he averaged 7.2 points (42.1% overall and 41.7% from three-point range) and 14 minutes per game for the Kings. It’s clear to me that if the Kings are hearing some legitimate interest in regards to Fredette, they should definitely pull the trigger. If they don’t pull the trigger, then it’s probably because this “interest” is all fluff.