In a move sure to surprise hardly anyone who follows the Sacramento Kings, the club has informed third-year guard Jimmer Fredette that it does not plan to pick up his option for 2014-15.
Per Sam Amick of USA Today via Twitter:
On deadline day, I’m told the Kings have informed Jimmer Fredette of their decision not to pick up his 14-15 team option ($3.1 mil)
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) October 31, 2013
This isn’t a shock. With the acquisition of point guard Greivis Vasquez from the New Orleans Pelicans in the sign-and-trade deal that sent Tyreke Evans to the Big Easy, Fredette got pushed further down the depth chart at point guard and he’s behind rookie Ben McLemore and veteran Marcus Thornton at the 2 spot.
He was a DNP-coach’s decision in Wednesday’s opening night win over the Denver Nuggets, just as he was when the Kings closed out the preseason last week against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Fredette was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft after a standout career at BYU, but as is the case with so many prolific college scorers, his game didn’t translate well to the NBA.
Not quick enough to be a point guard and not big enough to play the shooting guard spot, Fredette is the classic tweener.
Today was the deadline for 2014-15 options to be picked up for players still on their rookie contracts and Fredette will now head into unrestricted free agency next summer.
As a senior at BYU in 2010-11, Fredette was the Associated Press Player of the Year and won both the Wooden and Naismith awards while leading the Cougars to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, averaging 28.9 points and 4.3 assists per game.
He played 61 games as a rookie with the Kings in 2011-12, starting seven, and averaged 7.6 points and 1.8 assists in 18.6 minutes a game while shooting 38.6 percent.
Last year, he appeared in 69 games, all as a reserve, and averaged 14 minutes, 7.2 points and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 42.1 percent.
If anything, Fredette was a major reach at No. 10 in the draft. His career defensive rating is 115 (points per 100 possessions), a mark slightly better—just slightly—than a parking meter. He’s another in a long, long list of college standouts who couldn’t make the transition to the pro game.
Nothing more, nothing less.