LAS VEGAS, NV - Jimmer Fredette arrived in Las Vegas to spend a couple days around the new Sacramento Kings coaching staff and front office, but certainly not to join the team's Summer League roster.
While he's entering his third season with the NBA, the 24-year-old Fredette, who still needs to develop his place in the league, has just one year of summer league under his belt - consisting of just five games.
On Monday, Fredette participated with Kings teammates Jason Thompson, Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Thornton in a workout with the new Sacramento coaching staff.
"I was going to come out and work out a little bit and meet everyone," Fredette told News10. "I think that's the most important thing for them and myself, at this point."
Drafted as a point guard in 2011, Fredette has struggled to find any consistency or playing time to develop. His poise at the point guard position has been highly criticized, and certainly falls short of his best ability, which is scoring. Or even better yet, shooting the basketball.
When asked why he wasn't part of the Summer League roster in Las Vegas, Fredette said it was a mutual decision between he and the Kings to allow the rookies and younger players to get their exposure to the league.
The Kings traded Tyreke Evans to New Orleans for point guard Greivis Vasquez and then drafted Ray McCallum in the second-round of last month's NBA Draft, to join incumbent starting point guard Isaiah Thomas. Despite the crowded back court, Fredette maintains he feels most comfortable as a point guard.
Fredette said he's most comfortable at the point guard position but would be willing to play the shooting guard should Michael Malone prefer that. Either way, he's just hungry for the opportunity to play, which is something that former head coaches Paul Westphal and Keith Smart were reluctant to do.
Fredette will keep his Las Vegas visiting session with the Kings short. He'll return to his home in Colorado on Tuesday.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net