The Kings took a detour through Milwaukee to get him, but hey, who wouldn't go a few extra miles for a rock star? For Jimmer Fredette? He tweets, he shoots, he scores.
He stars in a documentary.
He is a one-man, predraft publicity machine.
So now that he's here – or almost here – does he play bass or lead guitar? Is he part of the opening act or does he come off the bench? And what does he know about funding mechanisms and construction of new arenas? (Seriously, we would have asked these questions had Fredette's handlers made him available to the Sacramento media in a late-night, post-draft teleconference, as is the NBA norm. Now we'll just wait for the news conference that is tentatively scheduled for Saturday).
"When (the Kings) made the trade to No. 10, I thought it was a possibility," Fredette was quoted by NBA media types back in New York. " … They liked me out there, the Maloofs and coach (Paul Westphal) and (Geoff) Petrie. And now it's a reality."
Fredette's selection occurred after an unusually active draft day for Petrie. In a three-team deal in which the Kings moved down from the No. 7 to the No. 10 pick, the Kings also sent point guard Beno Udrih to Milwaukee for former Kings small forward John Salmons.
"We got a very high-quality small forward at a position we really struggled last year, and we felt we could get a really good player at 10," said Petrie.
The Kings hoped to address some of their big weaknesses – perimeter shooting, starting small forward and playmaking – but Salmons' return is curious.
Fredette brings star power, but where does he fit in?
Sacramento Bee | Jun 24