The Oklahoma City Thunder are rumored to be interested in acquiring Jimmer Fredette who just finished his first season in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings.
Fredette appeared in 61 games for the Kings and played 18.6 minutes per game. He averaged 7.6 points and 1.6 assists per game.
The Thunder would be able to trade for Fredette by offering Eric Maynor to the Kings, who was one of the best backup point guards in the NBA before getting injured last year. The Kings had a nice rookie season from Isaiah Thomas at point last year but Maynor could definitely help them out.
The situation in Sacramento apparently isn’t working out great for Fredette either and he may want out himself. It’s a team with not a lot of structure right now in Sacramento and Fredette is kind of on his own, playing a style that isn’t going to make him any friends especially from NBA veterans.
Everyone fits in, in Oklahoma City though and Fredette would definitely be welcomed. Maynor will become a restricted free agent next summer too assuming the Thunder do not offer him an extension before then so he is likely on the way out anyway. Maynor is a valuable asset on the floor and the Thunder would like to get something for him if he will be gone anyway.
We know what Fredette is known for. He can really shoot the three and do so with unlimited range. With the Thunder built around an isolation heavy offense with Durant-Westbrook-Harden it opens up a lot of opportunity for good spot-up shooters. Fredette would fit in seamlessly.
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Fredette was most efficient last season in the pick-and-roll and as a spot-up shooter, in the half court and on the fast break. He struggled in isolation settings although he does have the game to improve in that area as he ages. He also surprisingly struggled shooting coming off screens but he did so rarely and didn’t play a lot of time with a real point guard last season either.
Shooting over 40 percent on threes in the pick-and-roll and as a spot-up shooter would make him a perfect fit in OKC. Head coach Scott Brooks is even one to give a shooter an ultimate green light as is the case with Daequan Cook who fires up deep threes all the time for the Thunder. Fredette would play a similar role that Cook does but provide a little more offensive ability as well.
The Thunder were right around the middle of the pack last year in 3-point attempts and percentage. It’s an area they’d like to improve on a little bit as they have been so efficient everywhere else.
Fredette to the Thunder is just a rumor right now and nowhere close to happening. It’s a trade that seems like it could make sense for both teams though and may be possible.