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Jimmer Fredette, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on the outside of rotation in Kings opener

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Michael Malone played 10 guys in the opener, but Jimmer and the Fresh Prince were on the outside.

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This may be a hint as to whether the Kings will pick up the 2014-15 option on Jimmer Fredette's contract on Thursday: he didn't play in Wednesday's opener. Marcus Thornton got the starting nod at shooting guard, and Ben McLemore came off of the bench. Neither had a good shooting night, but instead of trying out Fredette coach Michael Malone opted to ride them and play a little two-PG ball with Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Thomas.

Similarly, despite power forward foul trouble all night, which required Travis Outlaw to play some four, Malone left Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on the bench.

While you can see a healthy Mbah a Moute eclipsing Outlaw, starter Johnny Salmons or both in the rotation, it's hard to see Jimmer get a chance to unseat Thornton unless the vet has a prolonged slump. And I don't think anyone sees McLemore getting pushed aside.

We may have gotten our final answer on Jimmer on Wednesday.

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