It is being reported today that the Sacramento Kings and Jimmer Fredette are finalizing a buyout agreement that would make the three-year guard from BYU a free agent.
We knew Fredette’s days in Sacramento were numbered when the Kings didn’t pick up his 2014-15 option in his contract before this season.
Fredette is averaging a career-low 5.9 points per game in just 11.3 minutes per game this season. He’s made nearly half of his three-point attempts this season, converting 36-of-73.
Most around the league still feel Fredette has an elite skill as an outside shooter and should therefore be able to find a good home somewhere.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are often brought up as a potential destination for the former BYU standout.
The Thunder waived Ryan Gomes earlier this season, which opened up a roster spot, and they did not make any moves at the deadline.
The Thunder are $2.3 million under the luxury tax so it is very plausible that they could sign a player like Fredette once he clears waivers.
Leading up to the trade deadline, the reports indicated that the Thunder were interested in adding a two-way wing player to help them with their championship run. Fredette is very much a one-way wing player and the Thunder already have three point guards on their roster in Westbrook, Jackson and Fisher, all of which look as if they will be playing big minutes in the playoffs. There was even a report released that said OKC was specifically not interested in Fredette.
There are a few other names out there that the Thunder may be interested in like Metta World Peace and Danny Granger. If OKC doesn’t land a player like that, it shouldn’t hurt too much for them to roll the dice with Fredette.
Acquiring Fredette would not mean he would overtake any current Thunder player in the rotation. But maybe he can be used in spots. Maybe he’s just insurance if one of OKC’s point guards goes down. Maybe he’s someone that is a fit past this season.