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Agree Jimmer was not a good fit with Kings. Sure Jimmer had some weaknesses but disagree with "too many weaknesses". The main problem was there were too many guards and too many similar type shooting guards (type, size, etc). Jimmers's shooting and passing arsenal were never allowed to flourish until Jan this year. With consistent minutes (though very limited), we started to see what Jimmer can do. If Jimmer is ever allowed to have a consistent 15-20 min a game, he will amaze and his weaknesses will seem minor.
I have heard nothing but good about the Chicago Bulls coach (Thibs), so I expect the Bulls to bring the best out of Jimmer. Also, looks like Jimmer's agent is starting to really watch out and help Jimmer.
Wish the Kings the best. The new management is just what the Kings needed.
1 week, 3 days ago on A final conversation with Jimmer Fredette
Looks like Jason Thompson is the next Kings player to get the "jerk around treatment"; a starter getting 5 min is weird unless Malone wanted to send him a message. Won't be commenting further on this or Jimmer but it will be fun to watch how the team does the rest of the season and Malone's decision making.
Sure enjoyed this website, James and Jon are class reporters and analysts.
1 week, 5 days ago on Sacramento Kings free Jimmer Fredette
Only 4 Kings remain from the cast of last year; the problem is 3 of the 4 (Thompson, Cousins, Thomas) are starters all three years. So really not much has changed. You can only blame the supporting cast (bench) so much. The starters play MOST of the minutes and the pattern of win 1, lose 2 just keeps chugging along. The Kings have a long way to go to turn things around. Would not be surprised if only 1 or 2 original team players are here by next Oct.
People keep writing that Kings have wasted lottery draft picks for last 4-5 years. I agree but not because the players are underwhelming. The main reason is the black pit/culture they were drafted into. I have no doubt that all of the draft picks from Cousins to Ben Mac could have thrived in a different environment. This is a huge challenge for the new Kings management and I wish them the best. Thanks for finally letting Jimmer go.
2 weeks ago on WATCH: Pete D’Alessandro on potential Jimmer Fredette buyout
I don't disagree with you. Jimmer never had a fair chance nor a good coach to guide him thru that tough first year. The real turning point was the beginning of the 2nd season when Jimmer had such great improvement and was playing better than Brooks and Thomas; And Smart still kept Jimmer at 3rd string. I too believe Jimmer could be as good or better than Thomas with the minutes and support that Thomas got. Here's to the future.
I am not as down on the new Kings management as some Jimmer fans are. Although I wished Jimmer could have been traded much earlier in the season, he benefited by improving his defensive capability and understanding by a defensive minded coaching staff. Plus his offensive skills have skyrocketed. This adversity will only make Jimmer stronger in the long run.
I even understand why Kings kept playing Thornton, they were desperately trying to get rid of his contract and kept hoping Thornton would turn his season around.
The Kings and Jimmer just were not a good fit thanks mostly to Petrie and the Maloofs. The only good combinations, Jimmer/Tyreke and Jimmer/Vasquez were never given a real chance together. Thomas beat out Jimmer, good for him, but having Thomas, Jimmer and Thornton on the same team was disastrous especially with no supporting team defense.
My biggest beef was Smart and Co. in two years would never set up offense for Jimmer (taking advantage of his shooting skills) or give Jimmer a real test run of 10-20 games. That was the height of arrogance or ineptitude by Smart. I know Smart is a nice guy but he could not mold a team.
Most of today's chatter on the internet have to do with what type of team will Jimmer sign with; a playoff team that he might be able to help but would probably see limited minutes, or a team like New York or Philli where Jimmer could probably get 20 min per game and help make it fun for the team and Jimmer.
What does it when people say "if Jimmer clears waivers? Does that mean some team could grab him at his full salary and then Jimmer does not have a choice?
2 weeks ago on Sacramento Kings and Jimmer Fredette talk buyout
Yep, 26 games until Jimmer gets his out of jail card
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Sacramento Kings at Denver Nuggets
I understand what James is saying on the podcast about McCallum being a different player with some good defensive potential and a different player type than Thomas and Jimmer. Thomas and Jimmer are similar in many ways (and Thornton too) which has been the problem for 3 seasons. But I don't understand why the Kings did not trade Jimmer earlier in the season. My take; they got greedy trying to package a bad contract with Jimmer early on, then when Jimmer played well in January, Pete even said, we will take our time, then they waited too long and the other teams said no, we will wait until Jimmer is a free agent. So Jimmer continues to be abused and insulted by this selfish and greedy organization.
Denver really missed out by taking Brooks instead of Jimmer. Brooks was terrible tonight for Denver. Can you imagine what Jimmer would have done with 32 min!
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Road Reaction Postgame Show: Sacramento Kings at Denver Nuggets
I think you are right on most points especially #6. The Kings will take care of their two young players (something Smart neglected except for his fav IT) and take care of Gay, Cousins and Thomas. Nobody else matters.
Based on the Bulls and Knicks games, (the last 2 of 3 wins for Kings) it is obvious that Jimmer could help the Kings win more games if given decent minutes the last 28 games, the fans would enjoy it more; but this is counter to the Kings goals. So for the 3rd year in a role, Jimmer is the whipping boy to the Kings desires. I am not saying Jimmer would be an all star, but he would surely be a better higher value player if the Kings had committed to develop him. His limited/decreasing minutes have been outright embarrassing.
Jimmer is shooting lights out and will only get better and his defense is improving. The TOs will reduce with more time on the court and good coaching.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Jimmer Fredette talks NBA trade deadline and future with Sacramento Kings
Interesting, Sacbee reporting Terry will not join team. Malone is sure to try Outlaw at the 2 guard but its up to Jimmer to convince Malone that would be a mistake. But at least the door is open for Jimmer to get on the floor
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Will Jimmer Fredette see reduced minutes for the Sacramento Kings?
This is a business but it is also an entertainment business. Hope there is still good entertainment for the fans the rest of the season. I am very tired of watching one on one BB.
Jimmer had his biggest high of the season last Wed and proved he could deliver a couple of clutch shots down the stretch. And today has to be one of his biggest lows. But two months is a long time and I imagine there will be more highs and lows and surprises for Jimmer and the rest of the team.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Jimmer Fredette talks NBA trade deadline and future with Sacramento Kings
From Malone comments tonight, sounds like Jimmer is going to get the big bench treatment again, no min. Really sucks what this org has done to him.
Since I am not a true blue Kings fan, I wish them a loss for every game Jimmer sits the bench. I also hope the fans at the game continue to yell for Jimmer to get into the game.
Don't get me wrong, I like most of the players on the team
Based on Malone's comments after practice today, sounds like Kings intend to not play Jimmer much the rest of the season; intend to give McCallum the minutes. The Kings intend to torture Jimmer right to the end. Too bad they just don't buy him out or waive him.
Jimmer's 3 year career with the Kings can be characterized mostly by 3-6 minute insertions into a game where he had to play amazingly or be taken out. In spite of that, Jimmer has progressed offensively and even defensively. We will never know what Jimmer could have brought to the Kings if he had been given a real chance (say 18-24 min a game) for a good stretch; and if his offensive talent would have more than made up for his defensive shortcomings.
Its also really sad that both times Jimmer was sick this year for a game, Malone took advantage of the situation to demote him. Malone had to backtrack during the Bulls game and play Jimmer to save the win. I guess we will find out how this second demotion plays out in the next few games.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on CK Press Box Report: Golden State Warriors 101, Sacramento Kings 92
Who knows the reason Jimmer wasn't traded. For the first part of season, it seemed management was trying to add a bad contract with a Jimmer trade, and now it looks like teams are not wanting a two month rental for a soon to be free agent.
One thing I do know is that Jimmer was a major contributor to two of the last three Kings wins (Bulls and Knicks). Malone said Jimmer was crucial in putting the Bulls away and said we don't beat the Knicks without Jimmer. So Jimmer has entertainment value for the fans the last 28 games and can even help them win a few games. But will Malone even give him a chance? Boston game on Sat will be the first clue.
I agree with you, Jimmer was sick, you could tell it in every movement. He was listed as questionable before the game. Too bad for several reasons, Kings needed a few 3 pointers from him and this could very well be his last game as a King. Tomorrow will be interesting.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Poll: What is the Sacramento Kings’ biggest need at the trade deadline?
I hope I am not an idiot. I don't think the Kings should get rid of Thomas. But as Cowbell Kingdom pointed out, he and Jimmer are too similar a player (shooting PG). I would not be surprised if Kings do not match the offer Thomas gets in the summer similar to Tyreke last summer. I wish the best for all three players but they are not a good fit on the same team.
With Malone today stating his priority the rest of the season of developing McLemore and McCallum, sure hope some of the trade rumors involving Jimmer today have substance. What a travesty if the Kings just sit Jimmer the rest of the season or give him some token minutes.
I think Malone is right to want to develop his new young players. Sadly Smart never gave Jimmer a chance even for a 10-15 game run to see what he could do. Its time for Kings management to make amends.
There have been a lot of comments made that indicate Jimmer's efficiency will go down if his minutes go up. I don't believe that. Players, especially shooters do better when they can get in a rhythm. So Jimmer could easily double his minutes and shots taken and actually do even better. Agree that at some point, say 40 min per game, there is a weariness that becomes a negative factor such as has been happening to Thomas the last 6 weeks. Also, if a player is too successful, the opponents game planning will focus more on that player which will also affect productivity.
But if Jimmer can play this well in spite of limited minutes (sometimes only 3-4 min a stretch) and constant jerking around, I for one thinks he will only get better and better with a constant 20+ min rotation.
3 weeks ago on Poll: What is the Sacramento Kings’ biggest need at the trade deadline?
It would be best for everyone if Thomas, Thornton, and Jimmer are on different teams. None of them may be on the Kings very long. Agree, there are a lot of bad fits on the present roster.
One thing the Knicks game and many games before that has taught is that the bench needs to step up for the Kings to win. The so called big three cannot win games by themselves. So here's hoping Jimmer, Williams and McLemore can start having more consistent big games. In Jimmer's case, that means more minutes.
3 weeks, 1 day ago on WATCH: Jimmer Fredette scores career-high 24 points in Madison Square Garden
If Kings don't trade Jimmer and then sit him in favor of getting McCallum some min, then I agree with you. I know this is a business but it is time for Jimmer to get some consideration because of his classy way of handling the situation and his potential.