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NBA Trade Speculation: Does Jimmer Fredette Fit with the Jazz or Suns?

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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Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2012

With the recent addition of point guard Aaron Brooks to the Kings backcourt, it looks like Jimmer Fredette's days in Sacramento may be numbered. 

The Kings now have a glut of guards on the roster with Fredette, Brooks, Isaiah Thomas, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton and John Salmons. And because coach Keith Smart made it pretty clear last year that he's not a fan of Fredette's game, it would appear the former BYU star is the odd man out.

If the Kings do decide to move Jimmer, it could be difficult to find any takers. Because he rarely played and rarely touched the ball when he did play, Jimmer didn't get much of a chance to show what he's capable of in real games.

From lighting up Kawhi Leonard in college (he's now a solid NBA defender), to dropping 30 in a summer league game Monday, there's plenty of evidence that Jimmer has the athleticism and scoring ability to be successful on at least one end of the floor.

The problem is, Jimmer's never shown any desire to play defense. He didn't in college, but he could get away with it then. He's done it in the NBA, and it's cost him minutes and earned him a bad reputation on that end of the floor.

Even still, his scoring prowess should still help him garner some interest. Two teams who could be interested are the Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz.

Phoenix lost Steve Nash this summer to the Lakers and recently missed out on both Eric Gordon and O.J. Mayo. They could definitely add some depth to the backcourt and Alvin Gentry's system is fairly fast-paced, which favors Jimmer.

The other, and in my opinion, better option is the Jazz. The obvious reason is the sentimental value of having Jimmer back in Utah. From jersey sales to buns in the seats, Jimmer would make the Jazz plenty of money.

It also works from a basketball standpoint. The Jazz struggled from the perimeter last year, and that's Jimmer's specialty. He could back up Mo Williams or play off the ball like Jason Terry or Jamal Crawford.

 

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