Leading Off: Kings really should free Jimmer - from us

08/22/2013 12:00 AM

08/22/2013 10:18 AM

It's late August, the NBA's only "dead" month of the year.

But that doesn't mean the Internet isn't atwitter with speculation about the future of Kings guard Jimmer Fredette.

We figure it's mostly a bunch of bloggers bored in their basements, but Fredette's name has been all over Twitter this week, and some online reports cited our Jason Jones' conversation with Fredette in July about his uncertain future.

Though there appears to be nothing to the latest rumors, it's unlikely Fredette will get much playing time this coming season – if he's still with the Kings.

The Kings acquired Greivis Vasquez to be their starting point guard, likely pushing incumbent Isaiah Thomas to a backup role. Look for rookie Ray McCallum, who impressed coaches this summer in Las Vegas, to be ahead of Fredette at the point, too.

Things are just as crowded at shooting guard, with first-round draft pick Ben McLemore expected to start and Marcus Thornton getting plenty of playing time, too. Throw veteran John Salmons into the mix and that means there will be few minutes for Fredette.

So where does that leave the guard who made "Jimmermania" a household word and won every major college award as a senior at BYU just two years ago?

Fredette has not proven he will be in the NBA beyond his rookie contract – he's in the final guaranteed year – and if he's back with the Kings, he'll probably be the ninth or 10th man on the roster.

But despite averaging just 7.4 points and 16.2 minutes over two seasons, Fredette still has trade value because he can shoot (well, OK, when he's open).

Look for the Kings to try to deal Fredette before the February trade deadline, if not sooner, because it's time for Fredette – and Kings fans – to move on.

What to watch

NFL, Carolina at Baltimore, 5 p.m., ESPN: So what if it's a preseason game? It's football, even if the starters barely play.

What to do

Baseball, Pittsburgh at Giants, 7:15 p.m., AT&T Park: The Giants send Matt Cain to the mound against one of the best teams in the National League.

Today's poll

What should the Kings do with Jimmer Fredette?

Keep him

"Free" him via trade

Play him more

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Wednesday's results

Why don't the A's have better attendance?

No real "stars:" 7%

Stadium is lame: 44%

Giants rule: 26%

Other: 23%

Total votes: 211

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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