The status of Jimmer Fredette has remained in limbo for a few days now, but the former first round pick is officially on the market as the former BYU star was bought out by the Sacramento Kings today.
Per James Ham:
Reports of the buyout surfaced earlier this week after Fredette’s agents requested the move as the Kings had no plans to retain the guard once the season concluded.
The Kings were likely eager to assist Fredette (who they attempted to trade) as helping out players builds goodwill among agents and front office executives – especially a ‘new’ front office like Sacramento.
As for Jimmer, the rush to get a deal done was due to NBA rules in regards to bought out players postseason eligibility.
The deadline for a player to be playoff eligible comes midnight Saturday – the only rule being the player be off a roster at that point. Fredette can wait in free agency until he finds a destination he likes, sign at any point and still be playoff eligible – assuming he clears waivers.
Good luck in your NBA adventures, Swaggy J.