Report: Sacramento Kings and Jimmer Fredette close to finalising buyout

The Sacramento Kings and former lottery pick Jimmer Fredette could soon be parting ways according to reports.

Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Kings are close to cutting ties with Jimmer Fredette, the 10th overall pick in 2011, with both parties close to finalising a contract buyout according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Since joining the Kings, Fredette has struggled for playing time amongst Sacramento’s glut of guards. This season he is averaging just 5.9 points in 11.3 minutes per game, which are each the lowest of his three-year NBA career.

Fredette starred at BYU during his college career, scoring 2,599 career points and earning Player of the Year honours in 2011 after averring 28.9 points per game in his senior year.

However, the 25-year-old guard has struggled with his defence in the NBA and has fallen out of the rotation in his time with Sacramento.

The Kings didn’t not pick up Fredette’s $3.1 million team option before the season and tried unsuccessfully to move him before the trade deadline. They have since decided to allow him to become a free agent before the league’s playoff waiver eligibility deadline.

Wojnarowski also reported that Fredette’s hometown New York Knicks had shown interest in signing the sharpshooting guard to one of the two roster spots vacated by Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih. However, they are closing in on an agreement with Earl Clark and are focusing on adding defensive-minded players.

Given Fredette’s history for prolific scoring and college pedigree, he should find himself on a NBA roster soon, but it seems he is no longer the sure-fire star he looked coming out of BYU.

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