Jimmer Fredette Rumors: Most Ideal Trade Destinations for Former BYU Star
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Sacramento Kings are looking to trade guard Jimmer Fredette and center Chuck Hayes to clear cap space to sign Monta Ellis. Marc Stein of ESPN also reported the potential for Fredette and Hayes to be moved.
The question is, if the Kings are to trade Fredette, where would he be best off ending up?
The mutual interest between Ellis and the Kings is well documented, as Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports wrote in late May that the scoring guard would like to sign on with Sacramento. The source of the interest is that Ellis played for new Kings head coach Mike Malone while with the Golden State Warriors.
Unfortunately for Fredette—or perhaps fortunately—Berger reports that he's now become expendable.
It's not clear what the market is for Ellis at this point, but a league source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Monday that the Kings are investigating their options for moving Chuck Hayes and Jimmer Fredette to accommodate Ellis' desire for a contract starting at $12 million per year.
It wouldn't be such a bad idea for the Kings to deal their former lottery pick.
Fredette was drafted No. 10 overall in 2011, but he was quickly surpassed on the depth chart by Isaiah Thomas—a player selected at No. 60 in that same draft. In his first two seasons, Fredette averaged just 16.2 minutes per game and saw less playing time in 2012-13 than he did as a rookie.
With that being said, Fredette finished his 2012-13 campaign with averages of 7.2 points in 14.0 minutes on 41.7 percent shooting from beyond the arc—there's still value.
According to Matt Moore of CBS Sports and Marc Stein of ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the teams involved in talks for Fredette's services. This may come as a surprise to some, as Cleveland is a young team in need of veteran leadership.
With that being said, it's also a team that struggles to shoot the basketball.
During the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the Cavaliers were 23rd in three-point field-goal percentage at .346. Three of their players converted above .350, with only Kyrie Irving remaining on the roster out of that group.
Acquiring a player who shot 41.7 percent from three-point range certainly sounds like a logical step to take to improve in that regard.
Fredette can provide depth in the backcourt, serving as a combo guard to work alongside Irving, Dion Waiters and Jarrett Jack. While his minutes may be limited, Fredette projects to be the second-unit shooter that Cleveland needs to become a postseason team.
With a potentially elite core in place and a Sixth Man of the Year contender, creating depth and filling voids is the only way for Cleveland to go about its business.
The Orlando Magic struggle to shoot the basketball and have an aging point guard. They're also a team that appears to be committed to building via the draft and will accept missing the postseason in the short term as they develop their core.
Where better for the Kings to send Fredette and Hayes?
The Magic finished the 2012-13 NBA regular season with rankings of 23rd in three-point field goals made per game and 29th in three-point field-goal percentage. They were also 23rd in second-unit scoring.
If any team has a space for Fredette to step in and contribute immediately, it's the Magic.
Fredette may not be a traditional point guard, but coming off of the bench, that shouldn't be an issue. Jameer Nelson remains a productive player, and Victor Oladipo is working as a point guard during Summer League play.
With Fredette serving as a three-point marksman who can space the floor for Nikola Vucevic and Glen Davis, Orlando would make strides toward improving its 24th-ranked scoring offense.
Where would Jimmer Fredette fit best?
Fredette made his name as a college basketball superstar at Brigham Young University. For those unfamiliar, BYU is a school located in Provo, Utah.
So why not return to the state that made him famous?
Utah has its franchise point guard with Trey Burke, but it's a team that needs to shoot the three with more efficiency. With Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter effectively becoming its franchise players, spacing the floor is a must for a team that will be working from the inside-out.
If there's anything that Utah knows about Jimmer, it's that he can space the floor.
Fredette has limitless three-point range, joining Kobe Bryant as the name most commonly associated with an improbable pick-up game jump shot going in. Whether he's working with the ball in his hands or coming off of screens, Fredette is capable of hitting those type of shots in the NBA.
Every team needs shooters, and Fredette is one of the best you'll find in that regard.
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