NBA Trade Rumors: New Move Suggests Jimmer Fredette's Days with Kings Are Over

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2012

SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 18:  Jimmer Fredette #7 of the Sacramento Kings dribbles to the basket during their game against the Indiana Pacers at Power Balance Pavilion on January 18, 2012 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Jimmer Fredette is currently tearing it up in the Las Vegas Summer League for the Sacramento Kings, but his days playing for them in the regular season may be over.

The 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft is a potential trade target now that the team has signed free-agent guard Aaron Brooks.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, Fredette’s agent Jeff Austin was spotted in the Vegas Summer League stands speaking with Sacramento’s President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie on Monday. The discussion lasted for almost half an hour, according to Amick.

While this doesn’t guarantee anything, it’s an interesting development. It makes you wonder where Fredette will be playing next season.

With Brooks now on board, he and Isaiah Thomas are better options at the point, while Tyreke Evans is a much better scoring guard. It the roster stays the same, Jimmer will be relegated to battling for minutes alongside John Salmons and Marcus Thornton off the bench.

ESPN’s Joe Kaiser suggests that the Phoenix Suns are a potential option, considering that they coveted him during last year’s draft. Kaiser believes Markieff Morris could be a piece the Kings would get in exchange for Fredette.

Considering how bleak the Suns roster looks right now, this isn’t a bad suggestion.

Fredette shot a putrid 38.6 percent from the floor last season en route to averaging 7.6 points and only 1.8 assists in 18.6 minutes last year.

There is no doubt the 23-year-old was a disappointment, but he has been showing signs at the Vegas Summer League recently that he’s improving. The former BYU star scored 30 points on Monday and has averaged 17.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in three games.

Sure, it’s only the Vegas Summer League, but at least Fredette is showing progress.

With the way Sacramento has formed their roster, it appears as if they don’t need Fredette. While his rookie season wasn’t the greatest, he still has decent trade value, and the Kings need to ship him out of town now.

A deal for Morris would certainly help out the Kings…and probably Fredette as well.