The Kings are not actively shopping third-year guard Jimmer Fredette, but will continue to accept calls about acquiring his services, the Bee's Jason Jones told Salt Lake media this week. In an interview with KSL's Tom Kirkland, Jones said Fredette's future is uncertain.
As we've been over a few times now (only a few?), it's a numbers game. Guards definitely ahead of Fredette at this point include Marcus Thornton and Greivis Vasquez. Isaiah Thomas will almost assuredly remain ahead of Jimmer. Ben McLemore will get minutes. Ray McCallum might even be ahead of Jimmer due to his ability to play point guard. And with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in place, John Salmons may elicit more minutes at shooting guard (his natural position). The backcourt isn't bursting with talent, but it's rather full of NBA players with better history than Jimmer or rookies with more promise than Jimmer.
I'm still of the mind that if the Kings can pull a first-round pick for Fredette, they should take it. Jimmer can still be an NBA contributor -- there's no question about that. I just don't think it's going to happen here, and his value isn't rising over time.
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