Posted February 27, 2014

Kings agree to buyout terms with Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette, Rob Mahoney, Sacramento Kings
Jimmer Fredette will soon get a fresh start with a new team. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jimmer Fredette will soon get a fresh start with a new team. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jimmer Fredette’s stint with the Kings has reached its unceremonious conclusion, as the two parties officially agreed to buyout terms on Thursday. If Fredette clears waivers, he will become an unrestricted free agent with the ability to sign with the suitor of his choice.

Fredette’s lack of a future in Sacramento has been apparent since the Kings declined to pick up his fourth-year option. When the team was then subsequently unable to trade Fredette prior to last week’s trade deadline, the Kings transitioned to instead buy out what remains of Fredette’s expiring contract. In that light, this move merely accelerates the seemingly inevitable; if Sacramento wasn’t interested in re-signing Fredette to a new deal this summer, then there’s fairly little harm in cutting the 25-year-old guard loose early.

“This was a very tough decision, but we’re confident that the agreement reached today represents the most productive path forward, both for Jimmer and the Kings,” general manager Pete D’Alessandro said in a statement. “Echoing a sentiment that everyone who knows him appreciates about Jimmer, he’s a tremendous person and a consummate professional. We thank him for the meaningful contributions he made to the team and in the Sacramento community. On behalf of an entire organization, we wish him nothing but great success in the future.”

Such a move does leave the Kings’ point guard rotation a bit thin on emergency backups, but both Isaiah Thomas and undrafted rookie Ray McCallum had been logging regular minutes ahead of Fredette at that spot. Plus, with Sacramento miles removed from the Western Conference playoff race, the need for a third-string stopgap is significantly diminished.

In 41 games this season, Fredette averaged 5.9 points and 1.5 assists in 11.3 minutes for Sacramento. He’s improved as a ball handler over the past two years to the point of being playable, and bolstered his shooting percentages in each of his past two seasons. Long-range shooting alone (the renowned marksman is up to 49.3-percent shooting on three-pointers this season) should make Fredette an attractive pickup to any number of potential playoff teams, as that single, marketable skill is in near-universal demand.

Sacramento selected Fredette with the No. 10 pick in the 2011 draft, after trading down from the No. 7 spot as part of a three-team deal with the Bucks and Bobcats. As part of that trade, Sacramento sent Beno Udrih in exchange for the pricier John Salmons, who remained a King until he was shipped to Toronto earlier this season as a component in the Rudy Gay trade.

66 comments
DAN B1
DAN B1

come to cleveland

tukwillis
tukwillis

Major under-sell on IT: "He's been logging regular minutes." Ouch. With Rose out and Westbrook just now coming back, IT has been a top 5 PG since he took over the starting spot. Show some respect for the Hustlin' Husky!

tukwilatommygun
tukwilatommygun

to listen to the Sac fans, they clamor for this guy to play.  say he is better then Isiah Thomas (ex Washington Husky) which i feel is a big stretch, but to cut him flat out?  We, those kings are pretty sharp as we all know.

HughJorgen
HughJorgen

The kid can flat out shoot the rock and there will always be a need in the NBA for a player that possesses this skill as does Jimmer. Just look back on the glory days of the Bulls when they were dominating the league and they always had a player like JF on their roster. Paxton, Kerr, BJ and Hodges to name a few. I think he would make a great fit as a "situational" player for the Bulls and I see them signing him for the league minimum and a potential play off run. To all the nay sayers out there, it's nothing Jimmer hasn't heard his entire career and its only made him stronger and he's shooting better now than ever!

oxygendev
oxygendev

@grizzlies listen carefully. You should be standing next to Jimmer with a contract in hand when he is bought out. This is where it gets tricky, immediately make him sign the contract. After that, the Memphis fans will make him Grit and grind. Go Grizz!!!!

adthomas1982
adthomas1982

Let's face it, every team has a bench with players that don't play, it might be you.  There are 351 D-1 schools, meaning at least 5265 players, there are 32 NBA Teams with only 480 players, you throw in foreign players and you have a lot of players that are on the outside trying to get in.  Jimmer is a player just not the right fit were the Kings, he will be fine NBA, D-League, Overseas still can have a long career in the game and make lots of money doing it.

JackHoff
JackHoff

Knew he would be a bust.

MikeSchultz
MikeSchultz

Good WHAT A WASTE I just figured UTAH would've offered maybe ALEC BURKS for him so they could bring him back to the "PROMISED LAND" of Salt Lake. Not a PG at all an to small to be a Good SG but yes he can Shoot but more important it clears the way for 2 Solid Rookies to gain more Minutes & Flourish.

Atrain81
Atrain81

Jimmer is a great shooter who at least tries his best with everything else.  Disappointed with the Kings dumping him.  He doesn't fit management's mold--but neither does anyone else on the Kings.  You win when the players you have do the things they do best.  Jimmer--a potential 10-15 points per night in 20 minutes playing time player but not a shut down defender.  Scoring from a backup would be useful for any team, especially Sacramento. 

The_truth_hurts
The_truth_hurts

Be careful saying anything bad about this guy. The Mormons will come after you with their 11 year old wives.

rma101560
rma101560

McCallum is not anybody's answer at point guard.  I can't believe he is even paying in the NBA.

DSM
DSM

For players without outstanding athleticism, it is all about the team they play for--both Landry Fields and Steve Novak flourished as Knicks, but failed elsewhere. Would Danny Green and Matt Bonner do nearly as well elsewhere as with the Spurs? Poor Adam Morrison never found the right spot, while Paxson and Kerr flourished with good ball movement teams.

PackersFanNumeroUno
PackersFanNumeroUno

This loser had a somewhat ok tourney a few years back and ends up in the NBA. What a joke, kid's a bum.

surfcity
surfcity

OKC, DFish one of my favorite Lakers but he doesn't have much left and he still gets minutes. Jimmer more pts, assists in less minutes, way better fg% and just as bad on D.

J Diddy
J Diddy

Would like to see him in Chicago. They could use some Nate Robinson-esque scoring off that bench right now. 

Asif
Asif

Dear Knicks, bring Jimmer home!

OK
OK

Utah, Boston, or Indiana. Those are the colors in Jimmer's future.

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

Somebody needs to pick up Jimmer and turn him loose.  The cat can flat out shoot.

KissingCousins
KissingCousins

@tukwilatommygun  Sac fans know Jimmer sucks. Those are Jimmer fans clamoring for him to play.

Have you ever seen a point guard in the NBA turn the ball over 5 times in a row? Badly? Neither have I. Until Jimmer.

tukwilatommygun
tukwilatommygun

@HughJorgen the Kings do not need a shooter, is that what you are saying?  why cut my main white man.  opps. nail on the head.

MichaelHuff
MichaelHuff

I'm not disappointed. They're stupid in Sacramento.

John4
John4

@The_truth_hurts  I think you're confusing Mormons (who DO have plural wives) with Muslims, who DO have 11 year old wives.  It's who they are.

mpggrace
mpggrace

@PackersFanNumeroUno   How IGNORANT can you be?


He is THE BEST 3 pt shooter on the PLANET . THATS A FACT . # 1 in the NBA (that stands for the National Basketball Association...have you heard of it?)


also #2 in FG % for PG's .................


"ok tourney"  HA   in college Fredette AVERAGED   40+ points per game vs Ranked opponents filled with NBA talent.....


He now avg's more than 25 pts per 48 minutes in the NBA


....whats your job? 


nice comment.....who's the LOSER?

kempin
kempin

@PackersFanNumeroUno He is sure is a bum! His per 36 numbers are horrific! 18.7 pts, 3.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.1 steals. All while shooting 49.3% from beyond the arc.....

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

@J Diddy The Bulls could use... Talent :-)


Little more talent with their heart... Watch out

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

@J Diddy The Bulls could use an excellent spot up shooter to go w/ all those slashers.

eddie767
eddie767

@PackersFanNumeroUno   Ok,he's a bum. But guess what, he's a 1st rnd bum,what rnd were you drafted in? Why do you hate on those who've made out better than you,jealous or just crazy?

Skins'Fan
Skins'Fan

@Sulkaman He could be a Jason Terry-esque player if given a long enough leash.

kronk
kronk

@John4 @The_truth_hurts  and BOTH of you are confusing the present with about 200 years ago... time to get a calendar I think.

dmichel
dmichel

@mpggrace @PackersFanNumeroUno  lol Jimmer is alright as a shooter, hes nowhere near as good as he was in college because he played some top ranked teams, and mostly average teams. Hes not the best 3pt shooter on the planet, not even close so dont ride the jimmer train. and do you remember what he was doing in the nba in 2013? he averaged less than 10 ppg and his 3pt percentage was subpar at best. Hes averaged 25 only for like the last month . other than that he is number 2 in FG amongst pg's, except that wasnt on the season thats only for a couple weeks. Jimmer is an okay player, not the right fit for Sacramento, maybe in Memphis or Utah though. He still has a lot left in him. 

John4
John4

@Skins'Fan No he can't.  Not in your wildest (truthful) dreams.  He does not have an NBA style body, is not very athletic, and is a poor defender.  In short a one dimensional guy who does not make his team (or teammates) better.  He compares to Jason Terry in NO WAY.  Terry is athletic, a very good defender, fast, and makes his team better.  Comparing Jimmer to Terry is absurd.