NBA Trade Rumors: Kings Would Be Foolish To Dump Jimmer Fredette for Monta Ellis

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2013

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The last thing the Sacramento Kings need these days is another shoot-first point guard, which is exactly what the team would get if it landed Monta Ellis

According to a recent report by's Marc Stein, sources say the Kings have put Jimmer Fredette and Chuck Hayes on the trade block for the Cleveland Cavaliers as a means to clear cap space and land Ellis in free agency.

While Fredette and Hayes aren't exactly world-beaters for the Kings, trading them away in order to land Ellis makes zero sense.

Sacramento already has too many shoot-first guards. 

Per Stein, Tyreke Evans is scheduled to be shipped off to play for the New Orleans Pelicans in a sign-and-trade deal with the Pelicans and Portland Trailblazers on July 10, which would usher in point guard Greivis Vasquez. 

Vasquez is a phenomenal distributor who averaged nine assists per game last year. The Kings would certainly function better on offense with him at the helm rather than the hodgepodge of point guards Sacramento has experimented with the past few years.

That said, the only other true distributor with any real promise on Sacramento's roster at this time is Isaiah Thomas. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, the Kings feature a veritable stockpile of guards who look to score more than distribute. 

The team drafted Ben McLemore out of Kansas with the No. 7 overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft. This young man has the look of a superstar shooting guard, possessing the ability to slash to the hoop and hit buckets from behind the arc.  

Even the team's second-round pick—point guard Ray McCallum—is more of a shoot-first guard than a pure distributor. He's better known for his hard-charging drives to the basket than he is for dropping dimes. 

Marcus Thornton and Toney Douglas are also better scorers than distributors.

Even if Fredette is shipped off to the Cavaliers in order for Ellis to arrive, it's hard to imagine how in the world Sacramento's offense would function with so many players needing the ball in their hands in order to thrive. 

Speaking of guys that need the ball in their hands, DeMarcus Cousins has yet to be mentioned here. He's one of the team's primary weapons, and he needs guards who will look to get him the ball rather than guards who will look to score. 

Bringing in Ellis would only further complicate an already complicated situation. Sacramento needs more pure point guards at this point in order to become an offense that can attack from every position on the floor. 

Ellis is a fine player, but he simply doesn't fit what the Kings need.


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