Posted November 01, 2013

Report: Kings decline fourth-year option on Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette, Rob Mahoney, Sacramento Kings
Jimmer Fredette was acquired by the Kings on draft day after being selected with the No. 10 pick in the 2011 NBA draft. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Jimmer Fredette averaged 7.4 points in his first two seasons with the Kings. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

If a DNP-CD in the first game of the season weren’t evidence enough, the Kings made a declarative statement Thursday regarding Jimmer Fredette’s future with the team.

Despite the generally attractive nature of rookie-scale contracts, Sacramento has reportedly chosen to decline the fourth-year option on Fredette’s deal, according to USA Today, making him an unrestricted free agent next summer. The option for the 2014-15 season was worth only $3.1 million, but with Marcus Thornton and rookie No. 7 pick Ben McLemore holding rotation spots at shooting guard and Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Thomas sharing time at the point, there isn’t much room for the 24-year-old Fredette to assume a regular, contributing role for Sacramento.

Via Yahoo! Sports, Fredette offered a generic statement in response:

“This is a business decision for the King and they are doing what they believe is best for the organization. I will continue to work hard and be the best I can be moving forward in my career.”

It’s strange that the Kings would decline this option because it has no practical cap implications and serves only to complicate Fredette’s trade value. By no means is Fredette so promising a prospect that he demands keeping, but one would think he might be a viable trade chip based on his three-point shooting (38.4 percent in his two-year career) and potential for burst scoring (18.4 points per 36 minutes last season). It’ll take time to bring him along on both ends of the floor and diligence to define his optimal role, but he’s still a talent worthy of such basic investment.

Other teams seem to agree. USA Today also reported that an estimated six franchises have contacted the Kings about trading for Fredette. Declining his option should broadcast his availability to an even greater pool of interested teams, but the fact that he’ll hit the free-agent market at the end of the season could result in lesser trade offers than Sacramento might have fielded otherwise.

With a young player on an affordable deal, control is even more important than flexibility. That Fredette is on an expiring contract (which is worth $2.4 million) spares suitors any substantial commitment, but those looking at him as a long-term prospect could well be turned off by the year shaved off his contract and the forfeiture of his restricted free agency. No matter what happens, Fredette will be able to sign with a team of his choosing next summer, leaving any franchise that acquires him in a potentially vulnerable position.

24 comments
Atrain81
Atrain81

One thing that hurt Jimmer with the Kings was the surprising emergence of Isiah Thomas picked at the end of the same draft, basically the NBA equivalent to the NFL's Mr. Irrelevant.  Thomas showed more spark and elevated himself to the rotation.  Fredette was meant to be the point guard with Tyreke Evans at the 2.  Evans got replaced when Ben McLemore dropped in the draft.  He's a Pelican now.  The Kings also lucked into drafting another point guard with solid potential for the future, Ray McCallum, more competition for Jimmer.  Jimmer has talent but not dominating talent.  I expect him to be traded soon, something the Kings will regret if injuries start piling up or if Jimmer gets his game together with some other times and starts looking like his old college self. 

Tell The Truth
Tell The Truth

Malone , like smarty, the last 2 years... flat our LIED to Fredette saying that the pre-season was essentially an open tryout with no favorites. then he said that he won't t give Fredette a chance at his natural position,,point guard.

   Fredette despite being given only half the playing time of the other guards during pre-season scalded the nets,  %51 from the floor, %60 per cent from 3pt range (3rd in the NBA in pre season)played great defense (1.5 steals per game)  and looked like a seasoned all star guard ..even Malone had to admit Fredette "played great on the ball and off the ball." 

Malone and the Sacdemento Kings do not deserve a great player like Fredette  or a decent human being like he continues to show he is. He is the best guard on this team . 

I think it might be "cuz" who is afraid that Fredette will steal the spot light away ..He fears Fredette instead of realizing  that Fredette would make him an even better player .."cuz' is running the show ...Malone is a liar ranadive doesnt know which way is up when it comes to basketball. Fredette will  go on to have an amazing career somewhere else and come back and scorch the Kings repeatedly.

M20
M20

Jimmer will be fine. He's good enough to be a rotation guy somewhere. But this makes NO sense for the Kings. He had more trade value with the cheap extra year. Now they're lucky if they get a bag of peanuts for him.

POdinPrattville
POdinPrattville

Jimmer never really got a chance with the Kings. He was unfairly stereotyped as a slow white guy and never got a chance to play consistently.  

OK
OK

Fredette's white.

Next season, he'll be back with the BYU Jazz or in either Boston or Indiana (white towns, both).

ezwriter69
ezwriter69

Nate Robinson: lifetime 36.3 percent from 3, 17.7 points per 36minutes, both worse than Jimmer, and he just keeps getting jobs. He's a little better defender but still a huge liability, their steals and assists are essentially the same as well.

Gee, what is it about Jimmer that he gets no respect?????

Wes08970225
Wes08970225

@Tell The Truth Matbe he's not good enough?  It doesn't make him a bad person but there is a reason that he's not playing.  I wouldn't say he'll have an amazing career but he could be a sixth man somewhere else.

OK
OK

@POdinPrattville  

Fredette's a shooting guard in a point guard's body.

Even worse, Fredette's got power forward feet trying to defend the opponent's jet-quick point guard. Ain't gonna happen, and not even the Church of Milk and Cookies and all of Mitt Romney's offshore dinero will buy these facts away.

Fredette's a nice kid, but lacks the size, handle, and wheels to play on the pro level. A 21st century Steve Kerr - otherwise known as a situational shooter on a great team - is the highest level to which Fredette can aspire.

The BYU Jazz sign him to sell seat licenses and for other merchandising efforts.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

@POdinPrattville In 2 years he has played in 130 games for an average of 16 minutes. Plus summer league and team practices. That is more than enough time to prove he belongs. Next man up

Bad1v
Bad1v

@POdinPrattville Being white has nothing to do with it.  If he could play at an NBA level he would be playing.  I don't think anyone is every going to say Steve Nash is as fast as Usan Bolt.

Dean9
Dean9

@POdinPrattville yeah...3 coaches in a row have stereotyped him. With all the incentive in the world to play the best talent(like keeping your job and not wasting a 1st round draft pick) they just haven't used him right. 

Wes08970225
Wes08970225

@OK Boston not so much these day, but those other two cities.

djm4672
djm4672

@OK Uh, Karl Malone, Bill Russell and Reggie Miller are the best players to play in those towns you listed.  Guess what?  They're all black and their towns liked them just fine.

Dean9
Dean9

@ezwriter69 First Nate is a journeyman.  He doesn't get long term contracts.  He can lead the 2nd team and can fill in with the 1st team.  He's a spark plug.  He also goes through poor periods.  Jimmer is just meh all the time.

mlp420
mlp420

@ezwriter69 Jimmer is not as good an athlete Nate Robinson is. That's just something you gotta deal with.

Tell The Truth
Tell The Truth

@M as in Mancy @POdinPrattville 18.4 points per 36 minutes ...Not good enough?

 HA  You know that would be 22 pts per 36 minutes at the rate Fredette improves...I know ...he is too pale and nowhere near enough tats to look the part.

BigMagoo
BigMagoo

@Bad1v @POdinPrattville His combine times were faster than D-Will, CP3, Lillard, and a bunch of other "fast" players.  How else do you want to measure it?  I've also seen him beat Barea, Brandon Jennings, and others racing down the court.  I'm not saying it's deliberate racism, but white guys need to prove a lot more to be given a real shot in the NBA.  For instance, why did Redick need to become a defensive stopper to be in the NBA, when guys like Foye and Thornton, who are less athletic and no better on offense, can get buy just launching threes?  Also, in 2012 Adam Morrison averaged the most points in the summer league (20), on 55% from the field and 61% from 3. Guess how many teams wanted to give him a chance.  Yep, none.

braineater00
braineater00

@Dean9 @POdinPrattville Nice try.  You're ignoring the fact that Westphal actually was giving him minutes.  His minutes didn't go away until Smart came in.

Tell The Truth
Tell The Truth

@Dean9 @ezwriter69 meh

you idiot. there are at least 30 you tube videos of Fredette lighting up NBA defenders from D rose to brandon Knoight to Deon waiters and K irving.you took Lebron James and only let him play 14 chopped up minutes a night with a good number of jealous teammates, yanked him after any missed shot or turnover, and hit him with DNP's after spectacular performances he probably would end up averging 7 to 8 ppg...Like Fredette.

Kieth "smart" simply ABUSED Fredette for 2 years and anyone who watched would say the same. 
(BTW "smart" also abused Jeremy Lin and refused to let him play an entire season.)

Fredette electrified arenas all over the country (albeit for only a quarter or less a game as his
degenerate coach would immediately bench him) against the Kncks, T wolves,
Spurs, Celtics, Bucks , Lakers, Sixers, Magic, Bulls, Suns etc.... 10, 12 ,15
points in a quarter with Nash-like assists and dazzling drives around 2 and 3 defenders and deep
threes...He does it all . A Great penetrator, Great passer and a Great shooter.
and a team first player it is unbelievable when someone is actually doing
everything right before their eyes and people still dont believe it....

If Fredette were allowed to play most of the game he would avg 25 pts , 7 or 8 assists and his team would
win....
Last night 23pts, 4 rebounds , 5 assists(should have been 10), %70 SHOOTING FROM 3PT RANGE, 2 more steals and he was obviously the best player on the court for most of the night.

At one point last year in mid-season Jimmer Fredette was #1 in the NBA in scoring per minute for
PGs...You think he might have earned a start or 30 minutes of playing
time..."smarty" hit him with some dnps.

Last year, Jimmer lit up the Los Angeles Lakers for 18 points in just under 11 minutes. Later in the season, he would drop 14 points in just over nine incredible minutes
against the Milwaukee Bucks.

In the 2012-13 season, only four players in the league scored 14 or more points while
playing less than 12 minutes in a game. Jimmer Fredette was the only player in the league to pull
off the feat twice.

OK
OK

@cmwebmail @djm4672

That's why the Sinn Fein IRA Terrorists literally drove Bill Russell out of New England during the school busing and desegregation battles of the 1960s, right, d(i)mmmmmmmm