When the Sacramento Kings decided to not exercise the contract option for Jimmer Fredette earlier this season, the writing was on the wall for the former BYU star.
Trade chatter quickly began thereafter, chatter that grew into a firestorm once Fredette found himself nailed to the Kings bench to start the season.
However, in recent weeks, Fredette has found himself in the Kings rotation and has played relatively well, taking minutes from players like Marcus Thornton who has become the newest King to find themselves on the receiving end of DNP’s.
Regardless, playing time or not, it’s not expected that Fredette will be with the Kings past the February trading deadline and it’s entirely possible he’ll be traded well before then, along with many other Kings.
So who would be interested in Fredette in such a down market? According to CBS’ Ken Berger, a rebuilding team with some patience:
In a normal year, the Kings declining Fredette’s option for next season would have made him more tradable. But in a year when draft picks are going to be so coveted, the Kings will have trouble extracting a pick of any consequence for an unproven player they’re barely utilizing. Still, Fredette’s potential and ability to spread the floor could be appealing for a rebuilding team willing to give up a modest asset and be patient with him.