Friday, October 18, 2013
Is Jimmer's trade value on the rise?
By Joe Kaiser
Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee put it about as well as anyone could: "When Jimmer Fredette plays the way he did Thursday night, it's hard to argue against him playing, and playing a lot," he writes in today's newspaper. Fredette, whose role in Sacramento's crowded backcourt continues to be a giant mystery, started at shooting guard against Phoenix and erupted for 23 points on 9-15 shooting, including 5-7 from 3-point range. All this from a player who didn't even get off the bench in two of the Kings' four preseason games thus far.
So now what? Even with Fredette showing some of the confidence he displayed in his college days and playing both guard positions, he still may not be a big part of the Kings' rotation this season. Given that, there may never be a better time to deal the third-year pro. If that happens, the Utah Jazz could be the perfect trade partner.
Fredette would not only be a big box office draw in Utah, where he took the nation by storm at BYU, he'd also have the opportunity to play a huge role on a Jazz team that is currently very thin at both guard spots, especially while Trey Burke is out with the broken finger. Yes, Gordon Hayward can play the two. And yes, the team already has Alec Burks as another third-year pro capable of playing both guard spots. But neither are the perimeter threat that Fredette is, and right now the team is using John Lucas III and Lester Hudson as their first and second point guards. Fredette could certainly play ahead of either of those two guys, one has to believe.
Will the trade happen? It'll probably come down to whether the Jazz are willing to unload one of their many future draft picks. It's safe to say, though, that many NBA enthusiasts would enjoy seeing what Fredette could do in extended minutes a lot more than receiving DNP-CDs at the end of the Kings' bench -- especially knowing that he's capable of games like the one on Thursday.