What some may see as a bad thing for Sacramento Kings combo guard Jimmer Fredette, I see as a get out of jail free card.
Today the Kings declined the fourth year team option on Fredette’s contract that would have paid him a little more than three million dollars next season.
Even better is the fact that because the Kings didn’t pick up his option, he can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
With this move, the Kings are clearly showing that Jimmer isn’t in their long-term plans. That comes as a shock to no Kings or Jimmer fans.
He hasn’t fit in with the Kings since he arrived and it was clear that there is no room for him now.
With this move, the Kings now have an expiring contract that they can move and that should be a positive thing for Jimmer.
There are more than a handful of teams that are interested in his services and plenty of teams that can use his skill set.
While still a liability on defense, Fredette has unlimited range and shoots an impressive percentage from three-point range. Not only is Jimmer a good outside shooter but he can still score in bunches and carry a team on the offensive end of the floor for stretches of time.
Now that Fredette knows that his future isn’t in Sacramento, maybe he can go to a place where both the coach and the organization want him and they can use his skills in a system that suits him as a player. Those are two things that never happened in Sacramento.
Now my only hope is that they actually move Fredette in a deal sooner than later. He doesn’t need to languish on the bench for the next 81 games on a team that can’t use him.