April 24, 2012; Oklahoma City OK, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) has his pass blocked by Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE

Jimmer Fredette Will Not Be Playing Alongside OKC's Kevin Durant

A few days back, Fox Sports’ Sam Amico brought up the notion of the Kings’ Jimmer Fredette playing alongside Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Amico mentioned Durant’s friendship with Fredette as a possible caveat in the deal, but the “rumor” seemed more like speculation than anything.

According to Thunder beat writer Royce Young, that’s exactly what it was:

Lots are asking about the Jimmer rumor. I wouldn’t take it that seriously.

The Thunder don’t have a lot of available assets that the Kings would show interest in, though the one name that continually circulated was guard Eric Maynor – though that deal never made much sense for the guard heavy Kings. Maynor does have an unusual mini-cult following in some NBA fandom circles, though it’s one I’ve never fully understood given his average play.

Jimmer Fredette rumors will continue to swirl, but, the Kings have little reason to move the former BYU gunner. On a small contract and a willingness to learn and grow, the Kings’ best move would be to help Fredette’s game mature and reap the rewards in due time. Expecting him to be a replica of his college days will lead to nothing but disappointment but Fredette’s skill set, when advanced, certainly had a place in the NBA and will be beneficial for the Kings current roster makeup, void of many deep threats.

 

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