NBA Trade Rumors: Potential Jimmer Fredette Suitors

Joseph BisacciaCorrespondent IJuly 23, 2012

NBA Trade Rumors: Potential Jimmer Fredette Suitors

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    Jimmer Fredette's time in Sacramento appears that it may be running out. The Kings recently signed free-agent point guard Aaron Brooks to a two-year-deal.

    Fredette struggled to make an impact as a rookie, and he now finds himself even lower on the depth chart than he started.

    The most recent signing of Brooks suggests that Fredette's days in Sacramento are running out rather quickly.

    Steve Kyler of reports that the Kings are attempting to trade the former Naismith Award winner. Kyler writes:

    The Kings hoped Jimmer Fredette would amount to something more than a ticket draw, however after this week’s showing in Las Vegas it appears the end of the Jimmer Era may be closer than anyone in Sacramento wants to admit.

    The market is relatively thin for Fredette; it appears that only two teams are "potential" partners in a trade to acquire his services.

    Here's a look at two teams that could emerge as potential suitors for Fredette's services.

Phoenix Suns

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    A possible destination for Fredette could be the Phoenix Suns. They really liked him in college and considered drafting him.

    This is a speculative destination due to the interest he drew from Phoenix around last year's draft. He would also fill a need due to the loss of Steve Nash.

    Jimmer needs a fresh start, and Phoenix would make a lot of sense. It is in a rebuilding mode and is looking to collect talented young players. It could be a fit. The Kings could, in return, receive a player such as Markieff Morris.

    People in the Phoenix area were thrilled about the idea of Jimmer playing for the Suns.

Utah Jazz

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    Another team that comes to mind as a potential suitor is the Utah Jazz. They could use some scoring help and Fredette has an incredible amount of fan support in the area.

    As a basketball move, this probably wouldn't be wise for the Jazz. They are in need of a veteran guard who can score. Jimmer averaged 7.6 points per game as a rookie last season—not exactly what Utah is looking for.

    The Jazz haven't had the best crowd over the last few years. The addition of Fredette would certainly boost jersey and ticket sales.

    If the Jazz management is interested in creating more attention surrounding the team, then this would be a great move for Utah. If they are actually trying to build a winning basketball team, this may not be a wise basketball decision.

    This too is a speculative destination. The Jazz have shown no inclination of attempting to acquire Fredette's services.


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    Ultimately, this is a move that needs to get done. It would be beneficial to both the Kings and Fredette to part ways.

    It's too soon to label Fredette a "bust," but the Kings certainly expected better play from him in his limited body of work.

    Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee recently spoke with Fredette following the Kings' acquisition of Aaron Brooks.

    "It is what it is," Fredette said. "You just go out there and play. Aaron is a real explosive, a guy that can really put the ball in the basket as well. It's going to help our team out. It's all about trying to get the team better and I'm going to go out and try to get as many minutes as I can and try to help the team any way I can. It's whatever's best for the team."

    At least you know you're going to get a hard worker with Fredette. Hopefully he gets a chance to be a starter somewhere else in the NBA. He has plenty of time to shake the "bust" label.