5 Teams That Should Target Jimmer Fredette
The Jimmer Fredette era in Sac-Town is in jeopardy.
As a result of the Sacramento Kings landing Aaron Brooks, Jimmer’s name has begun to float around in trade rumors. According to Steve Kyler of Hoopsworld, Sacramento is entertaining offers for the BYU legend.
Here are five teams that should show interest in learning how to Jimmer.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
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Minnesota isn’t returning a single wing from last season that shot at least 35 percent from downtown last season. It can’t expect Brandon Roy to single-handedly fill its hole at the shooting guard position after sitting out a season.
Trading for Fredette to back up Roy would do the T-Wolves wonders. They’d finally have the perimeter scorers to complement Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love.
4. Phoenix Suns
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Shannon Brown is the only true shooting guard on the Suns roster, and he’s not a capable starter regardless. Jimmer isn’t a “true” two either, but he’d inject Phoenix with a much-needed scoring boost. After losing Steve Nash, they’re desperate for one.
According to 82games.com, the Suns outscored teams last year by 117 points when Nash was on the floor. When he was on the bench, Phoenix was outscored by 193 points.
3. Utah Jazz
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You had to know this one was coming.
Mo Williams is nothing but a short-term fix at the point guard position. He’ll be 30 years old this December, and he hasn’t been the same point guard since LeBron James left his side.
The Jazz have plenty of young talent everywhere except at the point.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
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Trading for Steve Nash was huge. Signing Antawn Jamison was nice. But the last time I checked, Los Angeles’ bench was still a complete joke on the perimeter.
Steve Blake is a liability. He averaged a player efficiency rating of just 8.0 last year compared to the 15.0 league average. Andrew Goudelock didn’t fare much better and fell out of the rotation due to damning inconsistency.
Fredette would be an instant upgrade at each guard position backing up Nash and Kobe Bryant. He has yet to produce consistently in the pros, but he couldn’t be in a better situation to succeed.
1. Chicago Bulls
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Ronnie Brewer and Kyle Korver are gone. Richard Hamilton was never the long-term answer, and neither is Kirk Hinrich.
Chicago needs to find Derrick Rose a future backcourt partner. Fredette is a long-shot for the role, but he definitely has the potential to pull it off. And really, who else is a better, realistic option for the Bulls?
Unless they blow up their roster, they’ll never find a truly lethal wing scorer. Right now, Jimmer isn’t that guy, but he could be, and with D-Rose still out, they don’t have anything to lose if the price is right.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.