It’s been said an opportunity is what you make of it.
For Jimmer Fredette, that time has come.
Thanks to the Rudy Gay trade, minutes have been cleared (somewhat) for Fredette to get a larger role off the bench as according to head coach Michael Malone, the former BYU standout will be given ‘first crack’ at backup point guard:
With the departure of Greivis Vasquez, Fredette will “get first crack” at being the team’s backup point guard, coach Mike Malone said, who must eventually decide between Fredette and rookie Ray McCallum
Unfortunately for Fredette, the Kings have already declined his option for next season and given they’re committed to McCallum long term, the rookie seems to have an advantage in that regard. However, given the Kings’ iffy perimeter shooting and Jimmer’s ‘experience’ compared to the youthful McCallum, Fredette has the opportunity to carve out a niche on this roster.
Whether or not Fredette does such remains to be seen, but the small sample size indications suggest he’s slowly but surely making progress in doing so.
The minutes might not always be stable, but it seemed like a foregone conclusion that even a few short weeks ago, Fredette was soon to be traded. Now it appears as if the Kings are open to allowing him to find a role on the team, despite the pending contractual situation.
Of course, the glass half-empty types could say it’s the Kings doing nothing more than showing Fredette off for a potential trade, which likely has some truth to it, but it seems as if the Kings are willing to give Fredette the keys for a bit.
What he does with them remains to be seen, but the initial results have looked solid.