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Sacramento Kings: Jimmer Fredette plays good soldier amid uncertain future

Photo Credit: Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Jimmer Fredette could demand a trade at any time. But he has class, which men can’t buy.

No one would blame Fredette if he called his agent and wanted out after the Sacramento Kings declined his fourth-year option for 2014-15 on October 31. The 24-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, but he’s not overly concerned.

“Obviously this is a business, and (the Kings) made the best decision that they thought for their team,” explained Fredette at Monday shootaround. “So for me as a basketball player, I can’t worry about that. I have to continue to work hard. I know that (my) career is not over.”

Fredette remains an intriguing basketball prospect, but many questioned the skills he showcased at Brigham Young University smoothly translating to the NBA level. His playing time has declined from over 18 minutes-per-game as a rookie to 14 as a sophomore.

Fredette made his first appearance this regular season in the Kings’ third contest visiting the Golden State Warriors on November 3. The ball handler checked in with three minutes remaining in a blowout and shot 1-for-2 making a 20-foot jumper and missing a short floater. Fredette will take opportunities when he can.

“It’s tough as a competitor. You (want to) play all the time, and it’s tough to go in there with three minutes left, but you do what you’re asked, and you try to do the best you can with the time you have.”

Fredette’s role in Sacramento going forward is unclear. Head coach Mike Malone appears to trust Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Thomas at the one and Marcus Thornton and Ben McLemore at the two. But with 79 games to go, backcourt rotations aren’t carved in stone.

“(Coach Malone) sees me as a combo guard, so you never know what’s going to happen. I’m not in the rotation right now, but if someone goes down or something happens where he wants to get me in the game, I’ll be prepared and ready to go. Ultimately it’s the coach’s decision so I just control things I can control.”

When Fredette gets on the court, he’s there to score. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder can absorb contact on drives and is a deadeye shooter. In 2012-13, Fredette hit 41.7 percent of his 3-point attempts, which ranked him 16th in the association. However his defense is viewed as a liability.

Fredette possesses the talent to form a successful niche in the NBA. Whether he finds this role with the Kings or another organization will be determined in the next few months.

Photo Credit: Brett Davis / USA TODAY Sports

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Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is an NFL and NBA aficionado whose credits include Yahoo! Sports, FanNation, GoldenGateSports and Radiosurvivor.com. He also owns the Theruination.net. Rui grew up an obsessive fan of the Sacramento Kings and Oakland Raiders, but he sympathizes with every West Coast team.

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  • LowKey

    We’ll have to make sure once college bb starts, but there may be as many as 5 players in this years draft who are number one worthy.
    ou start thorton.
    Kings seem to be trying to lose this year to get one of the five.

    Starting thorton? You don’t want to win if you start thorton.

  • Truth928

    Malone lied
    about Fredette getting a fair chance..
    Just like “smarty”….Not only that— he scoffed at Fredette
    playing PG at the beginning of camp.Then was forced to back track as Fredette
    lit up the Suns from the point and off the ball. Malone lied about giving Fredette a fair chance. That does not bode well for him.
    He let IT play more than twice as much as Fredette, Fuck Malone..

    Trade Fredette .I am sick of this SacDemento “organization” abusing this kid..

    • tommyO64

      I have to agree Truth… I am shocked at the DNP coaches decisions…. This is complete BS…
      DMC still sucks and is already blaming others, Salmons is just THERE…. IT cannot create… Greivis is probably saying WTF did I DO????

    • chad wiggins

      yes he did… because his preseason was excellent… and yet no reward… he knew where he wanted to go and that was that as far as the rotation was concerned… the only reason fredette got burn in the preseason was because of them attempting to up his trade value.. which he did… i to hate the kings…. all the kings did was bring in yet another GS warrior reject to coach…. he is a shotty coach just like anything but smart….. i cant wait for fredette to escape basketball purgatory, and get a legit shot…. until then, keep enjoying the tail whippings sac town…. u surely can take em with the best of em… lots of practice

  • yoyo

    should of gotten klay-media

  • Brad Williams

    Kid is all class!