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

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  • Morgan Duel Taylorsville, UT
    July 21, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    I cannot understand Sacremento, they draft a player and then set him on the bench for three years. In this case it is we are not going to play him but we do not want anyone else to use him either. Next year when he is a free agent few teams if any will take a chance on an aging unproved player and so here is potential being lost. On his part though, Fredette missed out because he failed to live up to his reputation. Bad timing, in the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    July 21, 2013 2:10 a.m.

    @Texas Ken Jimmer did finish college.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    July 20, 2013 10:54 p.m.


    And here I thought that Football might be your weak suit.

    Not too many 3rd year players lace them up for Summer League... Cousins didn't play his 3rd year, Isaiah didn't play his 2nd year... They already have their opinions formed about Jimmer so why would they tie up precious minutes with the guy since they drafted two new guards??

    I personally think and hope that Jimmer will be traded... There are alot of teams who could use a 42.6% 3 point shooter. I think that he ends up in Detroit or Cleveland though.

  • EightOhOne St. George, UT
    July 20, 2013 9:47 a.m.

    someone trying to downplay jimmer as "just a middle first rounder" had me in tears! implying that expectations are too high, he was a LOTTERY PICK! look at this list of players, who came after him, (most are actual "middle first rounders", and late 1st-rounders) who've been able to make an impact on their teams: klay thompson, kawhi leonard, iman shumpert, kenneth faried, norris cole, and jimmy butler. do i even have to mention the very last pick of that year, who just happens to be his teammate?? says alot when you can't even beat out a 5'9" guy

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    July 19, 2013 1:58 p.m.

    "...open tryout...".

    The "kiss-off" of death.

    It's not you...it's me... etc....

    Of course, there are all those Rudi type stories out there, someplace, waiting to give us all hope that someday Jimmer will show them all...

    Nope...when a first round draft pick is offered an open tryout, by the same team, who drafted him 2 years ago...

    Not good...not good at all.

  • marine2 kennewick, WA
    July 19, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    I hope the paper keeps running stories on Jimmer. lots of draft picks to trade for Jazz to Sacremento. get it done - that announced attendance of 18,000 is going to look more and more like empty seats

  • Atrix Vancouver, WA
    July 18, 2013 9:21 p.m.

    If John Lucas III is good enough to be in the NBA and have the Jazz sign him as a free agent then Jimmer will easily stay in the NBA. Honestly the Jazz should have tried to pick up Jimmer giving one or two of their second round picks. Given the chance, I see him breaking out like Jeremy Lin did.

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    July 18, 2013 8:18 p.m.

    The Celtics will end up with Jimmer. Count on it.

  • hedgehog Ann Arbor, MI
    July 18, 2013 4:07 p.m.

    "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"

    Yikes, sounds like the jimmer needs to accept the reality in front of him....he's dead man walking.

    The horrible selection of the jimmer in the first round probably set the Kings back 5 years and most likely will cost several members on their orginization thier jobs.

    You just can't make such a blatant error in judgement and expect expect to keep your job.

    The jimmer will find himself with a three year gig in Poland....then team up with his brother to produce honor code rap music.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 18, 2013 3:39 p.m.

    That's A Good One--

    "Wouldn't want to let facts get in the way of your fantasy."

    No fantasy necessary. My point is clearly not coming across. Relative to his individual awards and what's perceived to be greater, namely team accomplishments, JF utterly failed. And referencing BD is a poor excuse, particularly when we're talking about NPOY Awards. I bring all of this up, not merely to highlight the fact he's been a complete bust in The Association, this is crystal clear to all but those living inside of utah county, but to highlight how delusional the fanbase is down there in provo when talking about him and this alleged "prowess" of their school's program.

    You can't refute even one, single point I've made on this thread.

    Again, look at Andre Miller as his antithesis. Led his team to within a couple of minutes of winning The NC and has subsequently enjoyed an extremely long, productive career in The Association.

  • That's A Good One Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2013 2:23 p.m.

    "to have achieved what Andre Miller/The U achieved as a team"

    Another good one. That's become your battle cry 'We're #2 - We're #2'

    Again, refer to my original comment. I'm an Andre Miller fan. Always have been.

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2013 1:55 p.m.

    Quite comical how in a Ute fan's eyes Alex Smith gets a pass because his 49er teammates were terrible and the coaching situation was equally bad, but Jimmer is labeled a bust after 2 years of similar turmoil on a similarly pathetic team and coaching staff.

    I realize that's kind of an apples and oranges comparison because Alex was a mega bust as the #1 pick of the draft and didn't have any success at all for 5 years and was eventually discarded in favor a WAC QB who took them to the SB (Ironic in the era of Ute fans continually bad mouthing their former conference) whereas Jimmer was just a middle first rounder and only has 2 years but the irony of the comments from a handful of DNews Ute homers on here is still good for a daily laugh.

  • Man in Charge Washington, DC
    July 18, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    Jimmer will be Jimmered by Jabari.

  • Man in Charge Washington, DC
    July 18, 2013 1:52 p.m.


    "I'm pretty sure Fredette is better than the guard the Jazz just signed and with a mucher higher ceiling potential. (Lucas) Why not bring him to Utah as a backup? Only thought is the Kings want to much."

    The kings can't even give him away. Jimmer is not a pure point guard. PLaying PG for one season at BYU doesn't make on a pure PG. can't wait for Jabari Parker to erase all of this jimmer nonsense.

  • Man in Charge Washington, DC
    July 18, 2013 1:48 p.m.

    Looking forward to his playing career over in europe next season. Jabari Parker is someone people should really get excited over.

  • That's A Good One Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2013 1:42 p.m.

    "Racking-up points in a meaningless regular season game against The U during a down period for them"

    Ha, now that's a good one. Now you're going to tell us that game was "meaningless".

    No game between BYU and Utah is ever meaningless and no MWC conference game that year was meaningless. Obviously the Ute season was meaningless but surely not BYU's or SDSU's. Quite the contrary. That game had plenty of meaning to it. I suppose you think the 49 he dropped on your Arizona buddies in the McKale Center the year before was meaningless too?

    Of course, we don't expect you to acknowledge that Jimmer tormented nearly every team BYU played, not just your Utes who were (and still are) meaningless, or that he won every POY award across the board. And we surely wouldn't expect you to acknowledge that the Brandon Davies situation likely had some effect on BYU's post season.

    Wouldn't want to let facts get in the way of your fantasy.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 18, 2013 1:34 p.m.

    With two years of NBA playing time behind him and the coach says "its an open tryout." Not overly encouraging.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 18, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    Yes! Another Jimmer update, keep em' coming!

  • souptwins Lindon, UT
    July 18, 2013 11:19 a.m.

    Texas Ken-- Your memories not looking so good, buddy. Jimmer played four straight years at BYU with no mission. Graduated on schedule then got drafted. No short-cuts, no time away.

    I'm willing to admit Jimmer's game isn't gonna cut it in the NBA--- IF he is given playing time on the right team. The Kings are a train wreck. Nothing about their rotations made sense under Smart (must have been adopted) and this new guy has loaded up on guards and Cousins is a drama queen(oops, I mean king) and nothing but selfish street ball. Give Jimmer a chance with a team that has real leadership & discipline and then we'll see how he does.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 18, 2013 11:14 a.m.

    That's A Good One--

    "Well, not exactly. He'll also always be known for raining 47 points on the Huntsman Center while your Utes watched helplessly, unable to do anything about it."

    Thanks for bringing this up, right on cue, as it merely serves to support my stance on JF. Racking-up points in a meaningless regular season game against The U during a down period for them only accentuates the fact that when he got onto the big stage where it actually counted, merely "leading" his team to an exit following a Sweet 16 loss, their 1st Sweet 16 appearance in 3 decades and only their 2nd such appearance in their program's history. Yawn.

    Again, after all of the hype evaporated, he had individual accolades which assisted his team in achieving essentially nothing at all meaningful on the national stage, where it actually counts, in The Tourney.

    I suspect, JF would gladly trade any/all of his individual recognition to have achieved what Andre Miller/The U achieved as a team, as team accomplishments always trump individual accomplishments, hands-down.

    National leader in Tourney appearances without ever reaching The Final Four. 27 and counting.

  • Whoa Nellie American Fork, UT
    July 18, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    You're in over your head. You obviously don't watch or pay attention to college basketball very much or you would know that Jimmer (learn to spell, boy) was far more than an "ok college player". The nation does not give out every major award to ok players.

    I hope no BYU player ever plays for the Jazz. They don't deserve the disrespect given by bigoted Ute homers masquerading as basketball fans.

    Lovefilms, this coming season will be Jimmer's third year in the NBA, not his fourth.

    Texas Ken, you mus be thinking about Shawn Bradley. Jimmer played four straight years in college and did not go on a mission.

  • DHan Syracuse, UT
    July 18, 2013 10:11 a.m.

    Texas Ken:

    Jimmer was National Player of the Year his senior year. Therefore, he finished his college career. He didn't serve a mission.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    July 18, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    Texas Ken,
    You misremember.

  • Texas Ken Killeen, TX
    July 18, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    If Jimmer really is looking forward to his future with the Kings, then it seems he is content to sit on the bench, draw an NBA salary, and be able to place "NBA" on his resume. As I recall, he only played one or two years at BYU, went on a church mission, then forwent his college career for NBA glory. I think he would have been ahead to have finished his college career, further refining his skill; then he would have been better prepared for better opportunities in the NBA.

  • Magna Ute Fan Magna, UT
    July 18, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Keep it up Jimmer. I hope to see you have success in the NBA somewhere. I'd love to see it here with the Jazz.

  • jdub1942 PROVO, UT
    July 18, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    Jimmer needs to be traded, where I dont know. However I do know that he is not needed on the jazz. the jazz are trying to develop players, and development would be hindered if he have a player who cant play D (when the jazz are trying to build a defensive mindset), and who just chucks the ball up at every opportunity.
    Jimmers run at BYU was fun for BYU fans (and there were non-byu fans that got into jimmer too) but thats where his time in the state of utah should come to an end R.I.P jimmer mania

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    July 18, 2013 9:10 a.m.

    Kudos to Jimmer for maintaining a good attitude. He certainly deserves more play time. There are many other teams who could utilize his talents. Steve Nash is not getting any younger.
    What about it, Lakers?

  • That's A Good One Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    "Lol....JF will be known for only being able to lead his team to The Sweet 16 and being an epic bust in The Association, amid all of the hype! Lol"

    Well, not exactly. He'll also always be known for raining 47 points on the Huntsman Center while your Utes watched helplessly, unable to do anything about it.

    P.S. I'm also an Andre Miller fan. Always have been.

  • Spokane Ute Spokane, WA
    July 18, 2013 8:59 a.m.

    Can't play defense, can't play in the NBA.

  • 2BCSWINS West of I15, UT
    July 18, 2013 8:18 a.m.

    @AFCougie...."I'm pretty sure Fredette is better than the guard the Jazz just signed and with a mucher higher ceiling potential. (Lucas) Why not bring him to Utah as a backup? Only thought is the Kings want to much."

    Wrong, and it's not even close Lucas III is a far better player. Jibber is among the most overrated top 10 picks in NBA history. Yes the guy was an ok college player but as far as playing in the NBA he's way over his head. Anybody that watches the NBA but cougie fans can clearly see that.

  • very concerned Sandy, UT
    July 18, 2013 8:16 a.m.

    As an average fan, I really don't know if Jimmer can truly play in the NBA . . . . . because he hasn't been given much of a chance to do so. I only hope he shows what he's made of by not giving up. He has shown that he is persistent and will not quit, even if he plays for a coach who doesn't like him. I do hope he gets another chance, this time with a more appreciative coach.

    I remember his early years with BYU. He was an interesting player to watch, but not the star till his breakout year as a senior. I thought he was a "gunner" in the early years who wouldn't amount to much. But now I believe, if he keeps true to form, he will continue to work on improving his game and could become a good NBA player.

    I think I would be tempted to give up, take the money I'd already earned, and say goodbye to the NBA, but that's not his style . . . thankfully. I'd hate to lose the opportunity to watch this talented, exciting, and entertaining player.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    July 18, 2013 8:07 a.m.

    Lol....JF will be known for only being able to lead his team to The Sweet 16 and being an epic bust in The Association, amid all of the hype! Lol

    Let's talk about Andre Miller, instead, shall we?

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    July 18, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    Jimmer will have a very nice career as a role/bench player. Good for him.

  • Lovefilms London, 00
    July 18, 2013 2:14 a.m.

    First of all...let me be clear about this...Jimmer is not looking forward to his next season with Sacramento. He has had 3 not so great seasons with Sacramento...why would he look forward to a 4th...Jimmer wants a different team. To see if he can click with a different system...things are not going to happen for him in Sacramento...this year..next year...or even the next year...I don't want to rain on his parade but come on..lets get real man. the guys got some talent and with the right team he could be the next superstar...take it from me...you heard it here first.

  • bw00ds Tucson, AZ
    July 18, 2013 1:48 a.m.

    How can Jimmer ever prove himself when he gets only 14 minutes playing time per game?

  • FatMan86 West Jordan, UT
    July 17, 2013 10:36 p.m.

    I would think that the main reason the Kings keep signing guards is that they need guards that can play. Jimmer will get released as soon as they find a viable alternative and have the room and ability to eat his salary. Then Jimmer will be free to pursue his career in Europe.

    Jimmer was an amazing college player, but so far a serious NBA bust. Relax people, it happens.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    July 17, 2013 9:34 p.m.

    Fredette's looking forward to another Kings season...to sit on the bench.

    This is a team whose coach has no desire to see this kid rise and shine. The rest of us can see it. Not a good fit.

    So here's to Jimmer's third lousy and pointless season. But at least he's getting paid to sit. (Kinda like a lot of other people in this country.)

  • AFCoug Colorado Springs, CO
    July 17, 2013 8:24 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure Fredette is better than the guard the Jazz just signed and with a mucher higher ceiling potential. (Lucas) Why not bring him to Utah as a backup? Only thought is the Kings want to much.

  • DRay Roy, UT
    July 17, 2013 8:12 p.m.

    What else can Jimmer do? Stay positive, work to improve...still making a lot of money & doing what he's loved to do...the critics will always disparage...many players have emerged in NBA after a couple of years of adjustment...j's got courage, he'll be ok, land on his feet...he's outlasted Coach Smart with Kings!

  • Americanvet Ivins, UT
    July 17, 2013 8:11 p.m.


    Bogut is making $14million bucks this year at Golden State. If that's NOTHING, sign me up.

  • Vladhagen Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    I am not sure why the kings keep taking on more guards. I really wish Jimmer would be traded away to another team.

  • Down under Salt Lake City, UT
    July 17, 2013 5:28 p.m.

    I agree. Sad thing is Utah will not have any players that would even be drafted. They are struggling just to win a few high school games. The PAC 11+U love Utah as they need a whipping boy.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    July 17, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    Yes the Kings have a game plan. With all those guards looks like Jimmer is not part of the plan. Send him to the Jazz with a first round pick for rights to Tomic,Fehse, Foster..