When will Jimmer be traded?
That’s the question Jimmer Fredette has dealt with since the Sacramento Kings drafted the former BYU standout in 2011. It’s also the question the guard has learned to distance himself from.
“I’ve heard so many trade rumors ever since I’ve been in Sacramento that at this point, I don’t even really care about anything that happens,” he said prior to taking on the Utah Jazz Monday night. “Nothing’s really happened up to this point and you don’t worry about it. You can’t control it, so it’s something that you have to pull out of your mind, go out there and play the best that you can, and do all that you can out on the floor.”
Although Fredette, who is in his third season with the Kings, has seen more playing time recently, he has continued to see a drop in his playing time each season. He averaged nearly 19 minutes per game in his rookie season, but has averaged about 11 minutes a game this year.
His production during his playing time, however, has increased. Fredette’s shooting percentage has risen from 39 percent during his rookie campaign to 45 percent this season. He’s also shooting around 51 percent from 3-point range this year — eight percentage points better than last year and nearly 15 percent better than 2011.
With the NBA trade deadline looming in the near-distant future, Fredette’s name remains in the discussion. However, that’s not something uncommon for the former BYU standout.
“I’ve had it so many times that it’s not too big of a worry for me,” he said. “They’re all rumors and that’s what they are. Until something happens, I’m here as a King and I’m excited to be here and I’m going to play as hard as I possibly can.”
Earlier this month, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported the Kings were possibly offering Fredette to the Nuggets for Andre Miller. Last week, Dime Magazine’s Terence Chin wrote a piece about the places Fredette might end up to help his career.
Fredette, on the other hand, said he’s content with his role in Sacramento for however long his stint there will last.
“I’ve had ups and downs,” he said. “I’m here right now and we’ll see what happens in the future, but I’m here right now as a King. I’m excited to be here and excited to help this team win.”
Jimmer Fredette learning to distance himself from trade rumors
Sound clips from Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette discussing his name swirling around in the trade rumors and about getting more playing time in Sacramento before taking on the Utah Jazz on Jan. 27, 2014.
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