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Utah Jazz Not Interested in Trading for Jimmer Fredette, for No Apparent Reason

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 10:  Jimmer Fredette #7 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on October 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sacramento won 104-86. 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 Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2013

Why aren't the Utah Jazz going after Jimmer Fredette?

Seriously, do you have an answer? Because I've thought about it, and I can't come up with one good reason.

His current team, the Sacramento Kings, did not exercise Jimmer's fourth-year option prior to yesterday's deadline. That makes him an unrestricted free agent next summer and an instant trade rumor today.

According to USA Today's Sam Amick on Twitter, there are two teams interested in Fredette:

On Jimmer Fredette front, I'm told the number of teams w/ more substantive interest is closer to 2. More movable w/out option exercised.

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 1, 2013

However, Amick went on to say that Utah is not one of those teams:

@Peter_J_Novak Utah isn't one

— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) November 1, 2013

I hope the Jazz aren't known to be interested because they're just holding their cards close to the chest. There really is no apparent reason for them to not jump on the opportunity to bring Fredette back to Utah.

The situations of Jimmer and the Jazz are perfectly aligned right now.

Utah is rebuilding, hoping for a good lottery pick in the stacked 2014 draft class, and has a gaping hole at point guard until Trey Burke returns from a broken index finger.

Jimmer is just 24 years old, has an expiring contract and with the possible exception of Gordon Hayward, is as good a perimeter scorer as anyone on Utah's roster.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 11:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars appears on the court during a semifinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament against the New Mexico Lobos at the Thomas & Mack Center March
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And I know you're already thinking it, but I'll say it anyway: BYU Jimmer was a cultural icon in Utah.

There is absolutely no doubt that he'd be an instant fan favorite for the Jazz. Utah Bros from St. George to Logan would be clamoring for their very own Jimmer Jazz jerseys.

The only conceivable downside to Utah making a deal for Jimmer would be if Sacramento is asking for too much, but that seems pretty far-fetched.

Fredette hasn't really had a fan in the Kings organization since his first head coach, Paul Westphal, was fired seven games into the sharpshooter's rookie year.

He was only given 14 minutes a game in just 69 appearances last season in Sacramento.

Because of that, the Kings will have to sell low out of necessity, unless, of course, Jimmer busts out between now and the February trade deadline. This again looks doubtful, as Jimmer started his third season with a DNP (did not play) from new coach Mike Malone.

He is absolutely in the wrong situation in Sacramento. Utah is the right one.

Last season, Jimmer hit 41.7 percent of his three-point attempts, better than any 2012-13 Jazz player.

His presence at the three-point line commands attention, which would make it more difficult for opposing defenses to send double teams to Enes Kanter or Derrick Favors. It would also make it tough for perimeter guys to slide over and shut down driving lanes on Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks or Trey Burke.

And contrary to popular opinion, he's not just a shooter. Take it from DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins: "Jimmer got moves, dog."

Back in 2011, ESPN New York's Kieran Darcy reported that Fredette compared himself to Deron Williams because of their similar size and ball-handling styles. Anyone who's actually watched Jimmer play knows that comparison isn't as far-fetched as it sounds.

Obviously, he's not as good as Williams, but the similarities and potential are there.

And let's say he doesn't fit in Utah. Let's say the fact that I just compared Jimmer to D-Will was darn-near basketball blasphemy. How could the Jazz possibly get out from under acquiring Fredette? Well, they just wouldn't re-sign him this summer.

That was pretty easy, wasn't it?

 

All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

For 140-character pearls of wisdom from Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey, follow him on Twitter @AndrewDBailey.

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