Former lottery pick Jimmer Fredette to hit open market; Will the Boston Celtics be interested?
SACRAMENTO -- Another lottery washout for the Sacramento Kings.
Former BYU standout and 11th overall pick back in the 2011 NBA Draft, Jimmer Fredette will be bought out by the Sacramento Kings. This according to Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski:
Yahoo Sources: Sacramento is close on finalizing a buyout agreement with guard Jimmer Fredette. http://t.co/gygfKPZHZL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 25, 2014
Over the past year and a half, the Boston Celtics have been linked to Fredette's services in trade rumors as he rotted away on a Kings bench that included a plethora of young players scurrying for playoff time.
With Fredette about to become a free agent, it's hard not to envision the Celtics to get in on acquiring the former BYU star. Celtics boss, Danny Ainge, is arguably the greatest player in BYU history.
More importantly, the team has been desperate for a shooter for years, especially after losing Ray Allen back in the summer of 2012.
Fredette is young, (24), efficient (16.6 PER), and a very capable shooter (49% from three.) He also fills a position of need -- a backup guard. With Jerryd Bayless as nothing more than a stopgap, Phil Pressey a fringe NBA player at best, and Avery Bradley to hit the open market -- the fit for the Celtics and Fredette seems more than ideal.
Fredette likely won't come easy. There should be an array of teams inquiring for his services. And odds are, it will be a team that offers part of their mid-level exception to sign him, rather than the minimum.
It took years for guys like J.J. Redick and Steve Kerr to get off the pine and help teams with their shooting. Many, including this writer, feels this is the case with Fredette -- who never got a chance on a team with a glut of young players looking for playing time.
Will Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics be able to be fortunate enough to give him that chance?