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Jimmer reaches buyout with Kings, free to sign elsewhere

By Jason Shepherd | Posted - Feb 27th, 2014 @ 7:18pm

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SACRAMENTO — Former BYU All-American Jimmer Fredette was waived on Thursday by the Sacramento Kings after the two sides agreed to a contract buyout. Once Fredette clears waivers, he will be able to sign a free agent contract with any team in the NBA for the remainder of the season.

Prior to the 2013-14 NBA season, the Kings declined to pick up the fourth-year option on Fredette’s contract, essentially letting him know that he was not in the team’s long-term plans. Fredette will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

As a pro, Fredette’s points per game have decreased in each of his three seasons. Fredette averaged 7.6 points as a rookie, 7.2 points in his second season and just 5.9 points this year. One major reason for Fredette’s lack of production is a lack of playing time. Just like his points, Jimmer’s minutes have gone down every year, from 18.6 to 14.0 to 11.3.

While only averaging 5.9 points this season, Fredette is having a career year shooting the basketball. Fredette is shooting 48 percent from the field and 49 percent from three.

While at BYU, Fredette was a scoring machine, averaging 28.9 points as a senior. Jimmer became a household name and led the Cougars to the Sweet 16. Since arriving in the NBA, Fredette hasn’t been able to recapture his college glory.

The 2011 Consensus National Player of the Year was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but was traded to the Kings on draft night. During Jimmer’s three seasons in Sacramento, the Kings have had three head coaches, threatened to move to Anaheim and Seattle, and were eventually bought by new ownership.

A fresh start is exactly what Fredette needs. With the ability to pick his next destination, Fredette will be able to sign with a team that fits his skill set. The Knicks, Heat, Grizzlies, Bulls and Cavaliers have all been mentioned at one point to have some interest in signing Fredette.

Since Fredette’s buyout was completed prior to the league’s Saturday midnight ET deadline, Fredette will be eligible to play in the playoffs with any team he signs with.


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