With a little more than six weeks left until the trade deadline, Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette continues to gain interest around the league.
The Kings have been trying to acquire veterans to nurture and lead their young stars DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore since before the season began, and already pulled off a deal to acquire Rudy Gay last month.
Sacramento’s next major acquisition appears to be a veteran point guard. According to CBS Sports Ken Berger, the Kings are staunchly pursuing the Denver Nuggets' Andre Miller.
The Kings have reportedly offered three packages. The primary deal includes guard Marcus Thornton and a future second-round pick, the second would involve Fredette, and the last one could include young center Jason Thompson.
Miller has been on and off the trade block for the past week after arguing with first-year head coach Brian Shaw on the bench and earning a two-game suspension, but even if his attitude has declined there is no denying his experience and reputation around the league.
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One of the most durable players in the league playing all 82 games in nine of his 14 seasons, Miller’s posted career averages of 13.6 points and seven assists with a meager 2.6 turnovers per game. He would be a huge boon for a Kings team ranked 21st in the NBA in assists per game, and 14th overall in offensive efficiency.
The Nuggets reportedly denied they are trading Miller, but there is still plenty of time left before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. It is of little surprise that the Kings are looking to make changes, and that Fredette would be included in a deal.
Stuck on the bench for much the season, Fredette exploded for a season-high 15 points and four rebounds in last week’s 113-104 loss to Philadelphia. It was Fredette’s second straight double-digit scoring outing, after he totaled 10 points in a 110-106 road victory at Houston.
Fredette has averaged a season-high 13 minutes of court time in Sacramento’s last seven games; a possible hint the club is showcasing his obvious abilities for potential trades.
Denver could be a solid fit for Fredette, as the Nuggets are in need of another shooter on the perimeter for a run at the playoffs. Ranking 15th with a team three-point percentage of 35.3, the Nuggets are clearly missing Danilo Gallinari and have relied on the erratic shooting core of guards Nate Robinson, Ty Lawson and Randy Foye, along with small forward Wilson Chandler.
A year ago, the Nuggets were the NBA’s best-oiled offensive machine, averaging 106.1 points per game and the league’s third-best team field-goal percentage of .478. But in Shaw’s first year they’ve dropped to 12th in points per game, and are two games back of the West’s final playoff spot.
Fredette likely will welcome any deal that involves more court time and a chance to produce on a winning team. The endlessly rebuilding Kings have gone 61-120 since drafting Fredette 10th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.