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Report: Kings near buyout with Jimmer Fredette


Jimmer Fredette has never quite found his role in Sacramento, now they are going to set him free and let him find his way with another team.

After trying unsuccessfully to trade Fredette for a second round pick at the trade deadline, the Kings are close to a buyout agreement with the third year NBA player, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette are finalizing a buyout agreement on his contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports…

Fredette had been one of college basketball’s most prolific scorers at BYU – scoring 2,599 points in his career – and earning consensus honors as college basketball’s player of the year in 2011. Nevertheless, he has struggled to find his niche with the Kings. Still, there are expected to be several teams with interest in signing him for the rest of the season, league sources said.

As for those trade reports…

Fredette will have to clear waivers, then he will be a free agent.

Fredette has shown he can shoot the ball, hitting 49.3 percent from three this season. He had a lot of success last season working off the ball but this season 45.6 percent of his shots come with him as the pick-and-roll ball handler (and he shoots a respectable 46.1 percent on those). Still he remains strong working off the ball, hitting 55.9 percent of his shots on catch-and-shoots and also does well coming off screens.

The big issue is he is a defensive liability, which has frustrated a series of Kings coaches and really suggests Fredette is suited to a reserve role in the NBA.

He is a free agent at the end of the season — the Kings did not pick up the option year on his contract — and there likely will be a team willing to give him a little tryout the rest of this season.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.