In a move that looks to shatter and change the balance of power in the NBA for generations, it appears as though the Sacramento Kings are in talks to buy out guard Jimmer Fredette. Or that's what Yahoo! Sport's Adrian Wojnarowski reports:
Yahoo Sources: Sacramento is close on finalizing a buyout agreement with guard Jimmer Fredette. http://t.co/gygfKPZHZL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 25, 2014
The Kings tried to move Fredette before Thursday's trade deadline, but were unable to find a destination for him. Fredette had been one of college basketball's most prolific scorers at BYU – scoring 2,599 points in his career – and earning consensus honors as college basketball's player of the year in 2011.
Nevertheless, he has struggled to find his niche with the Kings. Still, there are expected to be several teams with interest in signing him for the rest of the season, league sources said.
Fredette, 25, has averaged 5.9 points per game for the Kings this season – and seven in his three-year NBA career.
Before the season, the Kings passed on picking up the 2014-15 option on Fredette's contract, almost assuring that he'd be elsewhere next season. - Wojnarowski, 2014
Safe to say, #WojBombs are law in our NBA circle.
Most know Jimmer from his days at BYU where played for four years, and finished with Senior season averages of 28.9 ppg, 4.3 apg, and 3.4 rpg. He shot from crazy range and was someone the other team had to gameplan for. Now in his third season in the NBA, Fredette has not seen the same type of success. Though, few have when paired with DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans. This season the guard is shooting the ball well, 47.5 fg%, 89.5 ft%, and most importantly, 49.3 3pt%. These career high values in percentages contrast his ever diminishing minutes per game, shot attempts per game, and over all use to their franchise. He can bomb from deep at this level though if open. There is no doubt.
I feel as though the New York Knicks, the team Jimmer admitted to being a fan up back in the run up to pre-draft interviews as he is from New York, may need him more with their current Raymond Felton trouble. The Jazz already have Trey Burke.
if Jimmer is bought out he will be linked to the Jazz. Should he clear NBA waivers he will be a free agent and ready to sign with any team that wants him.