Six teams interested in Jimmer Fredette?
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
The NBA career of former college sensation Jimmer Fredette took another turn for the worse Thursday, when, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Sacramento Kings informed him they would not exercise the 2014-15 team option that would have paid him $3.1 million for that season.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been announced.
Fredette, the former Brigham Young star who was taken 10th overall in the 2011 draft, didn’t play in the team’s regular season opener Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets and is behind Greivis Vasquez, Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Thornton and rookie Ben McLemore in the Kings’ backcourt and will now be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Where he’s playing leading up to that point is another question entirely.
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.
Fredette has had to struggle through unending turmoil during his time in Sacramento, with his role changing along with the team’s coaches as he played under Paul Westphal, Keith Smart and current coach Michael Malone. Last season, he averaged 7.2 points (42.1% overall and 41.7% from three-point range) and 14 minutes per game.