NBA Rumors: Jimmer Fredette and DeJuan Blair Among Top Reported Trade Bait

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2012

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Jimmer Fredette and DeJuan Blair are two of the hottest names on the NBA trade market right now, and both players would benefit from a change of scenery. 

Neither player figures to be a huge part of their current team's future plans, but both of them have a lot to offer another team given the right circumstances. 


DeJuan Blair

Blair has been a strong role player for the San Antonio Spurs for three straight seasons, but after the team landed Boris Diaw he saw his minutes slipping away. The low point for him set in during the postseason, when Blair was given only 7.6 minutes per game during the playoff run last year.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Blair is continuing to get better:

Blair's offseason improvements could land him a more prominent role somewhere other than San Antonio. He has one more year on his rookie contract, but indications are the Spurs are considering trading Blair after advancing to the Western Conference final without needing much from him. 

Given a chance with a team that needs help at the power forward position, there's no doubt that Blair can thrive. He has averaged 8.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game—2.5 of those rebounds being on the offensive glass. 

According to, his 36-minute averages are 15.1 points and 11.3 rebounds. If the Spurs don't want to utilize his skills, he'll be a boon for another team that needs the help.


Jimmer Fredette

Fredette has never fit in with the current roster for the Sacramento Kings. He has been buried on the depth chart because the Kings play a different brand of basketball than what works best for him. 

He isn't a true point guard and he isn't really a shooting guard, either. He is a hybrid player that really needs to be on a team with a true point guard and a dominant small forward, so he can post up on the perimeter and wait for the ball to come to him. 

Enter the Oklahoma City Thunder.

According to a report from Fox Sports' Sam Amico:

Speaking of Kings, Jimmer Fredette would love to go someplace where someone other than just DeMarcus Cousins will pass him the ball. Thunder would love to pry Fredette away from Kings as replacement for Derek Fisher. Kevin Durant is a Jimmer fan. 

While it would be wrong to say that Russell Westbrook is a "true" point guard, he is someone who knows how to distribute the ball out to the perimeter when he hits the paint. Durant surely fits the mold of a dominant small forward, too, and the Thunder would be the perfect landing spot for Fredette. 

The comparison to Fisher is apt. Fredette still has a long ways to go—especially on the defensive end—before he could be considered on the same level as Fisher, but he is exactly the kind of player that would flourish in OKC. 


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