The Sacramento Kings are looking to flip Jimmer Fredette for a late first-round pick to be used on Tony Snell or Tim Hardaway, Jr., reports Chad Ford and Marc Stein of ESPN.com. The report cites the Indiana Pacers (who pick No. 23) and the Utah Jazz (No. 14, No. 21) as potential destinations. According to DraftExpress, Hardaway is currently projected to go No. 20 and Snell is projected to go No. 32.
Why are the Kings looking at Hardaway and Snell? Ford and Stein report that Kings head coach Michael Malone is "enamored" with both. Frankly, Malone doesn't strike me as a guy who gets enamored too often. And if he'd get to know Jimmer, maybe he'd be enamored of him, too!
Snell is a solid shooting small forward with really poor rebounding numbers and not much of a game inside the arc. Hardaway is a two-guard with some range and versatility. Jimmer never really got much of a consistent chance under Keith Smart in Sacramento, and was widely seen outside of the town as a Paul Westphal pick. (Westphal coached the first seven games of Jimmer's career.)
If the Kings really want another first rounder, it seems probable that they can get one even without trading Jimmer, possibly by using the 36th pick or *GASP* sending cash considerations:
The more teams I talk to in the late 20's, the less enthusiasm I hear from any of them about keeping their draft picks.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 24, 2013
Denver's pick at 27 is available, teams tell Y! Nuggets open to future 1st, or moving back into 30's. Nuggets like their young roster core.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 24, 2013