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Jimmer Fredette, Sacramento Kings reportedly close to a buyout agreement

By Lafe Peavler, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Feb. 25 9:45 a.m. MST

 Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette looks on against the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette looks on against the Denver Nuggets in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(David Zalubowski, AP)

Jimmer Fredette's time in Sacramento may be coming to an end. According to Adrian Wojnaroski of Yahoo Sports, Fredette and the Kings are reportedly close to a buyout agreement.

Fredette's contract only went to the end of this season after the Kings declined his fourth-year option. His is worth $2,439,840 for the 2013-14 season.

Fredette had his best game as a King against New York on Feb. 12 as he shot 9-of-14 from the field and 6-of-8 from behind the arc to finish with 27 points, two assists and two steals. It appears that Sacramento was trying to showcase his talents just before the trade deadline. Since then, Fredette has played only four minutes over the past three games.

It looks like Sacramento couldn't get what it was looking for on the trade market for Fredette.

That doesn't mean that teams wouldn't be interested in signing Fredette should the Kings buy out his contract. While critics will point to Fredette's less-than-spectacular defense, there's no question he can shoot the ball. This season he's shooting 94-of-198 (47.5 percent) from the field, and he's made an incredible 36-of-73 (49.3 percent from behind the 3-point line. He probably wouldn't be a starter anywhere in the league right now, but he could be a valuable sixth man who can hit a few key shots at a critical stretch.

Rumors abound about where he could end up should the Kings release him. Many have taken to Twitter en masse to speculate which team could pick up Jimmer, from the Cavaliers to the Knicks and even the Heat. While some in Utah would love to see the Jazz go after Fredette, it's unlikely that Utah will sign Fredette.

Stay tuned, folks. Jimmermania is about to hit once again as we wait to see what becomes of the former BYU star.

Lafe Peavler is a Web sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler

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1. I Still Can't Say It
Holladay, UT,
Feb. 25, 2014

What a total bust for the Kings. Good thing the Jazz didn't make the mistake of drafting Jimmer.

Jimmer's probably headed over to Europe or maybe Turkey to play ball now. He doesn't have the talent or athleticism to play in the NBA.

2. Alterego
Harrisville, UT,
Feb. 25, 2014

One thing is certain regardless of where Jimmer plays out this season, there hasn't been another NBA player with (pre-NBA) Utah ties that garnered this much local attention. I say good luck to him and wish him much success. Hopefully he continues to work on his overall game (defense) and improves as a player.

3. Flyer
St. George, UT,
Feb. 25, 2014

This is great news for Jimmer. The Kings are a horrible franchise, and it's way past time for both to part ways. This gives him an opportunity to sign with a team that values his skill-set, and which he can contribute to immediately. The guy can flat out shoot, and this is a valuable commodity in the NBA. Everyone knows that his defense in suspect, but that's not what the next team will sign him for. Good luck to the Jimmer!

4. utesgoingdownthehill
Salt Lake City , UT,
Feb. 25, 2014

Before calling Jimmer bust remember that it will take 99% of Americans 3 life time to earn how much he earned in 1 year.
I wish I was that bust. Good luck Jimmer. Still love watching highlights when he busted uses, they are still hurt from it.
As a basketball fan I have never seen anyone with as high entertainment value as jimmer. Go Jimmer!

5. Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA,
Feb. 25, 2014

@Flyer

"This gives him an opportunity to sign with a team that values his skill-set, and which he can contribute to immediately."

Don't bet on it. The Kings were practically willing to pay another team to take him and nobody did.

You are right about one thing: The Kings are a horrible franchise, and drafting Jimmer is exhibit A. Unfortunately for Jimmer, the Kings couldn't dupe another team into making the same mistake they did.

If I were Jimmer I would brush up on my Turkish.