A report from Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski surfaced this morning that the Sacramento Kings were working on a buyout with Jimmer Fredette. The former BYU superstar and 10th-overall selection in the 2011 draft is currently averaging 5.9 PPG and only playing 11.3 MPG. Although, he does not qualify, in terms of attempts, to be considered in the rankings for three point percentage, Jimmer is still shooting 49.3%(36-73) from beyond the arc.
Once Jimmer clears waivers, he will be a free agent and should have a fair amount of suitors. A lot of basketball people have floated around the idea around that Jimmer should go to a contender, such as the Heat or the Spurs. But I do not think that going to a contender would help Jimmer at this point in his career.
In Jimmer's first three seasons as a pro, his minutes and shot attempts have decreased each year. His buyout is most likely coming as a result of lack of playing time and Jimmer just not being in the future plans of the Kings. So if Jimmer was only getting 11 minutes on a game on a 20-36 Sacramento team, he would probably have an even lesser role on a contender. Also, Jimmer is known to be a very bad defender, so that would make it hard for him to find a lot of minutes on a contender. Finally, Jimmer would most likely be signing a deal only lasting through the end of the season. This means he would then be looking ahead to this summer where he will need another contract. Playing a few minutes on a contender does not guarantee that he will be getting the contract that he wants this upcoming offseason.
All of these reasons why Jimmer should not go to a contender makes the Sixers a perfect fit for him. It is safe to say that Jimmer's career so far has been a disappointment. But there still might be a chance that he could salvage his career. The best way to do that and to showcase to other NBA teams that you belong in this league is through actually getting playing time. The good news for Jimmer is that the Sixers have a whole lot of playing time to go around. Jimmer is a much better option for the Sixers than Eric Maynor, who played close to sixteen minutes last night. I do not think that it would be crazy to think that Jimmer could come to the Sixers and play 18-24 minutes a game. A lot of playing time in Brett Brown's uptempo system, which encourages three point shooting, would allow for Jimmer to put up inflated stats to finish the season. This scenario would be better for Jimmer to find the contract that he will be looking for this summer.
Also, at the final stretch of what has been a rough year for Sixers fans, the signing of Jimmer would at least create a small buzz among fans. Jimmer made a very popular name for himself when he and BYU made their NCAA Sweet Sixteen run in 2011. At the very least, the signing of Jimmer Fredette would give the Sixers a player that the average/casual fan has actually heard of.
And defense? What is that anyway? Jimmer would be playing on a team that gave up 130 points to the worst team in the league last night.
We have seen Sam Hinkie take flyers on former first round picks that have not worked out on other teams: Tony Wroten, Royce White, Daniel Orton, Elliot Williams, James Anderson, Eric Maynor. That is a long list of players for just one season. Signing Jimmer would be low risk for both parties. If he comes here and stinks, then the Sixers and Jimmer can go their separate ways at the conclusion of the season. The Sixers preach player development, so who knows, maybe Jimmer could come here and salvage his career. I would be shocked if Sam Hinkie did not at the very least give Jimmer's agent a call.