There is always a debate surrounding Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, whether it is his position at either a PG or SG, his athleticism, his ability on defense, or even if he can make it in the NBA or not there is always a difference of opinion whenever Jimmer is brought up. Jimmer started off the NBA preseason last year looking pretty strong but as the season wore on and the Kings underwent a coaching change, he saw his minutes dramatically cut. He finished out the season averaging a sub-par 7.6 PPG, and 1.8 APG. The Kings are obviously not the best system for Jimmer as they run sets focusing on individual players like Demarcus Cousins and Marcus Thorton instead of a free-flowing offense like Fredette was used to at his alma mater BYU.
On July 16th the Kings signed Aaron Brooks to a two-year deal. Brook’s signing causes a logjam in the backcourt for the Kings with Tyreke Evans (who can play the 1 or 2), Isiah Thomas, Fredette, and now Brooks all competing for minutes at the PG role. This has caused many analysts to wonder if Fredette could soon be traded. There have been reports that Jimmer is now on the trade market so what teams would benefit the former Naismith Player of the Year the most? Here are my top 5. All trades work through ESPN’s Trade Machine.
5. Utah Jazz-
SAC GETS- Demare Carroll, Jamal Tinsley, Future 1st round pick
UTH GETS- Jimmer Fredette, Tyler Honeycutt
While the Jazz just signing guard Randy Foye pretty much puts the nail in the coffin for any Jimmer deal you never know with Kevin O’Connor. Jimmer would help spread the floor for a team that shot poorly from the three point line last season. He could get comfortable in his old stomping grounds in Utah and would have a large fan base off the bat. Sacramento gets a reliable back-up at SF and a mentor at PG to help Isiah Thomas plus a future 1st round pick. Utah is a decent fit for The Jimmer.
4. Chicago Bulls-
SAC GETS-Rip Hamilton
CHI GETS- Jimmer Fredette, James Johnson, Future 1st rounder
Chicago let guard Kyle Korver walk this offseason so they are in need of three point threats. Jimmer would be the perfect guy for the job. He would just have to get open out on the three point line and wait for dishes from Derrick Rose or one of the Bulls bigs. He has more potential than Korver as he is capable of becoming more than just a three point specialist. James Johnson provides a backup behind Luol Deng at the three spot and they get a first round pick. Sacramento gets Hamilton who only has a two year deal so if he isn’t productive like he was in Detroit they can use him as an expiring contract. Chicago is an ok fit for The Jimmer.
3. Indiana Pacers-
SAC GETS- Jeff Pendergraph, 1st round pick
IND GETS- Jimmer Fredette
Indiana takes a risk by giving up a first rounder to get Fredette but it could be a move that helps the team in the long run. Jimmer would start off the season contending to be the 2nd or 3rd PG off the bench (depending on whether Hill or Augustin start at the one) and the 2nd SG off the bench with Gerald Green. The Kings get Pendergraph an expiring contract to shed money and a 1st round pick that could help with the team’s youth movement. Indiana is an ok fit for The Jimmer.
2. Minnesota Timberwolves
SAC GETS- Dante Cunningham and 1st round pick
MIN GETS-Jimmer Fredette and 2nd round pick
With only one SG, Brandon Roy, on the Timberwolves roster as of now they will be looking to acquire more depth at the position. They swap a 1st rounder for a 2nd rounder and get rid of Dante Cunningham and also receive Jimmer who would be a good SG shooter to come off the bench. Sacramento gets a first rounder out of the deal that with Minnesota’s history could be a fairly high pick. Jimmer would fit well in Minnesota playing with great passer Ricky Rubio, an awesome outlet big man passer in Kevin Love and coming off the bench behind Brandon Roy who could also teach Jimmer a lot about the NBA. The Timberwolves are a really good fit for The Jimmer.
1. Phoenix Suns
SAC GETS- Sebastian Telfair, 2nd Round pick
PHX GETS-Jimmer Fredette
The Kings would be getting a good back-up PG and if Telfair underperforms he only has a one year deal and can be used as an expiring contract. The Suns throw in a 2nd rounder to sweeten the deal a little also. The Suns pay a relatively cheap price for an experiment in Fredette. Jimmer could have the chance to start off the bat at SG as the Suns don’t really have a true player at that position. I don’t consider Wesley Johnson a two as much as a three. He would also get a chance at PG if Goran Dragic and Kendall Marshall struggle early in the season but the best thing about Phoenix for Jimmer would be their up-tempo offense. The Suns offense is fairly similar to the one Jimmer thrived in college and could help his career tremendously! Jimmermania could once again exist, just in the desert this time. The Suns are a great fit for The Jimmer.