According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Sacramento Kings are working on finalizing a buyout agreement with guard Jimmer Fredette. After becoming the face of college hoops by his senior season at BYU, Jimmer has yet to find sustained success at the NBA level. Still, he remains an intriguing prospect with an unknown ceiling.
Despite being selected 10th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft, Jimmer has not been able to earn consistent minutes in Sacramento, and it appears after countless trade rumors that started last season, the Kings are finally ready to part ways with the sharp shooter, despite getting nothing in return.
In his three years as a professional, Fredette has shot the ball just as well as everyone expected, knocking down over 40% of his attempts from three-point range. However, his lack of athleticism and defensive ability have kept him from being a consistent force for the purple and silver, particularly under rookie head coach Mike Malone. After averaging 18 minutes per game in his rookie season under Paul Westphal and Keith Smart, Jimmer is averaging under 12 minutes under his new head coach.
While nobody was willing to part ways with much to land Jimmer at the trade deadline, he more than likely won’t be looking for a new home for long. There are plenty of teams in the NBA willing to take a chance on a young shooter that has improved dramatically in the pick-and-roll in his sporadic playing time.
Here is the question…
Could Jimmer be on his way to Philly!?
The Sixers were among the worst shooting teams in basketball, and that was before shipping Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes to Indiana and Cleveland respectively. Shooting just so happens to be Jimmer’s specialty. Whether it be off the catch or off the bounce, the BYU product can fill it up in a hurry.
Shooting isn’t the only reason why Jimmer could be someone that Sam Hinkie would target. While Tony Wroten has done an admirable job backing up Michael Carter-Williams at point guard this season, it has become clear that his future is off the ball as a slasher. At the deadline, Philly welcomed Eric Maynor, but with the way he has struggled the past few seasons, it would be smart to keep their options open. With the expanded role he would receive with the Sixers, Jimmer could excel as the team’s back-up point guard or play alongside of Carter-Williams as more of a spot-up shooter.
And with the team’s defense as bad as it is now, why worry about adding another liability at that end?
Please, Sam Hinkie, teach Philly how to Jimmer.