Saturday, July 26, 2014

Jimmer: Kings make Fredette's buyout official; sources say former Cougar receiving interest from Bulls, Cavaliers

Compiled by Brandon Judd, Deseret News

Published: Thu, Feb. 27 2:55 p.m. MST

 Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay, right, sets a pick against Washington Wizards shooting guard Garrett Temple for teammate Jimmer Fredette during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Washington.

Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay, right, sets a pick against Washington Wizards shooting guard Garrett Temple for teammate Jimmer Fredette during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Washington.

(Evan Vucci, AP)

It's official. BYU's all-time leading basketball scorer is hitting the open market in the NBA.

The Sacramento Kings announced Thursday afternoon that the team and Jimmer Fredette have mutually agreed to a buyout, making the former Cougar a free agent.

The former Cougar guard averaged 5.9 points per game this year for the Kings while playing just 11.3 minutes per game. He has shot 49.3 percent from 3-point range this season.

Fredette turned to Twitter to thank the fans and the Sacramento organization for the opportunity he had spending nearly three seasons with the Kings.

“This was a very tough decision, but we’re confident that the agreement reached today represents the most productive path forward, both for Jimmer and the Kings,” Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro said in a press release. “Echoing a sentiment that everyone who knows him appreciates about Jimmer, he’s a tremendous person and a consummate professional. We thank him for the meaningful contributions he made to the team and in the Sacramento community. On behalf of an entire organization, we wish him nothing but great success in the future.”

New reports indicate a pair of Eastern teams have shown interest in the former BYU basketball star.

ESPN reported Thursday that sources have said the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in acquiring Fredette. That comes one day after ESPN reported that the Memphis Grizzlies may be in the running for Fredette's service; however, the Grizzlies claimed former New York Knick Beno Udrih off waivers later Wednesday.

The Chicago Tribune also reported that the Bulls are expected to show interest in adding Fredette as the team's "13th player." The extent of Chicago's interest is expected to be in evidence after the team's success or failure in acquiring a pair of other players who recently completed buyouts — Caron Butler and Danny Granger.

"If Butler and Granger sign with teams that possess greater championship chances, Fredette could serve as a decent consolation prize (for Chicago)," the Tribune's K.C. Johnson wrote.

Fredette could fill the Bulls' need for a sharpshooter, something coach Tom Thibodeau has said the team is searching for.

Cleveland's potential pursuit of Fredette is likely to hinge on the health of current Cavaliers guards Dion Waiters (ankle injury) and former Jazzman C.J. Miles (knee), according to the Akron Beacon Journal. If Waiters and Miles are expected to miss expected playing time, that could increase the Cavaliers' interest in signing Fredette, the Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd wrote. More information on Waiters' and Miles' statuses is expected Thursday.

Because Fredette's buyout became final before the league's deadline of midnight ET Saturday, he will be eligible to appear in the playoffs with whatever team he signs with.

Email: bjudd@deseretnews.com; Twitter: @brandonljudd

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1. Stop The Nonsense
El Paso, TX,
Feb. 27, 2014

I can't wait to see Jimmer leave the Kings! Now I just hope he ends up on a good team with a coach who knows how to use him properly. Here's a hint: "Jimmer for threeee!"

2. U-tah
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT,
Feb. 27, 2014

If we put on our realistic hats here we would realize the Kings did use Fredette the way they needed to. Fredette will play in the NBA as a twin brother to Shawn Bradley. Very much overrated as a NBA player but will find a 11th - 12th role player for a good career. To slow, no defense, to small = no much interest.

3. Christine B. Hedgefog
Salt Lake City, UT,
Feb. 27, 2014

To slow, no defense, to small - and can't spell 'too'. I guess we all have our weaknesses. Jimmer is at least a multi-millionaire in the midst of his.

4. Reno Cougs Fan 68
Reno, NV,
Feb. 27, 2014

U-tah,
Sure seems like there is interest from not just one but at least three NBA teams that think Jimmer would fit on their teams and contribute!!! Imagine that!!! Hope Jimmer gets a better chance to help a team and has as long a career as he wants!!!

Go Jimmer!!! Go Cougs!!! Rise Up!!!

5. utesgoingdownthehill
Salt Lake City , UT,
Feb. 27, 2014

My my Chris b still hurt from 47. Holding grudge is not good for your health. As a fellow Utah fan I wouldn't want you to see unwell.