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Jimmer Fredette looking forward to future with Kings, pops in to Vegas for team workout

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 8:27 p.m. MDT

Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, left, works the ball inside past Denver Nuggets guard Evan Fournier, of France, in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 121-93 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (David Zalubowski, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, left, works the ball inside past Denver Nuggets guard Evan Fournier, of France, in the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 121-93 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. (David Zalubowski, ASSOCIATED PRESS)

While former teammate Brandon Davies is trying to make an impression playing on the L.A. Clippers summer league team in Las Vegas, Jimmer Fredette arrived in town looking to learn more about his team's vision for the future.

According to the Sacramento Bee, he participated in a workout Monday in Vegas with the new Kings coaching staff and teammates Isaiah Thomas, Jason Thompson and Marcus Thornton.

"Hopefully, I'll be a big part of this organization next season," Fredette told the Sacramento Bee. "You never know what their vision is exactly, but that's why I'm here. I'm able to talk with them, meet with them and see what their vision is."

Fredette told Sacramento ABC affiliate News 10 it was a mutual decision between himself and the Kings organization that he didn't participate in summer league play this year, even though he's heading into just his third season in the NBA. Instead, the team decided it was more important to allow its rookies and younger players the time in Vegas to develop in a league setting.



The former Cougar's career is uncertain, as Fredette's name has come up lately in NBA trade rumors. Last week, a report surfaced that he could be headed to Cleveland in a trade.

"You can't worry about it, because most of those rumors don't happen and something completely different happens," Fredette told News 10, about the trade rumors. "You just worry about controlling what you can control, especially in the offseason, and that's getting better. And I feel I'm doing that this offseason."

Fredette has had a difficult time earning significant playing time in his short NBA career, averaging just 14 minutes per game last year, down from 18.6 minutes his rookie season. While he shot 41.6 percent from 3-point range in 2012-13, Fredette, the nation's leading scorer his senior year at BYU, has averaged just 7.2 points per game as a pro. He has also struggled with his defense and adjusting to ball pressure in the NBA.

Sacramento's plans for its guard situation is unclear, as the team drafted a pair of guards — Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum — in this year's NBA Draft. McLemore has led the Kings' summer league team in scoring thus far, averaging 17.0 points per game, while McCallum is tops on the team in a pair of categories, with 2.7 assists and 3.0 steals per game.

The Kings also traded away Tyreke Evans, but brought in point guard Greivis Vasquez, who started 78 games for the Hornets last season and averged 13.9 points, 9.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. In addition to Fredette, the team has seven guards currently on its roster.

Fredette said he's sure the team has a game plan for its guard situation. New Sacramento coach Michael Malone said Fredette will be given the chance to earn more playing time.

"As I told him, 'Jimmer, I've never coached you before, but you're a high-character kid. You're a kid I used to watch at BYU lighting it up. So you come in here, and it's an open tryout,'" Malone told the Sacramento Bee. "Nothing is set in stone."

While the team's point guard situation, with Vasquez and incumbent starter Thomas, doesn't seem to favore Fredette, he told News 10 he's most comfortable as a point guard, but could play shooting guard if needed.

"I can play off the ball some, and that's fine with me as long as I can be out on the floor," Fredette said. "But I am definitely more natural as a point guard than I am as a two guard."

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