According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Cleveland Cavaliers are among the teams interested in former Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette. Fredette, who perhaps is still best known for his scoring outbursts while playing for Brigham Young University, is currently negotiating a buyout with the Kings and would become a free agent once he clears waivers From Stein’s report:
Cleveland, meanwhile, needs shooters even after trading for spot-up big man Spencer Haweslast week and have thus begun looking at Fredette as well. But the Akron Beacon-Journal reported Thursday that the Cavaliers’ level of interest in Fredette could depend on the health of guards Dion Waiters (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee), whose respective situations are expected to be clarified Thursday.
The Cavaliers’ division rival, the Chicago Bulls, are also interested in Fredette and might be a more attractive option due to playing time and the Bulls place near the stop of the Eastern Conference. Two other teams – the Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks – reportedly had interested in Fredette, but he appears to be looking elsewhere.
Cleveland’s interest in Fredette could also depend on the health on guards Dion Waiters and C.J. Miles. According the Akron Beacon Journal, the Cavaliers will decided to pursue Fredette more aggressively if either player will continue to be unavailable for the foreseeable future.
If the Cavaliers were to sign Fredette, it would be an interesting fit. In theory, could take over Jarrett Jack’s role in the Cleveland offense, as he is more comfortable playing off the ball than Jack and is better shooter. The problem, however, is that the Cavaliers are paying Jack upwards of $6 million per season and it’s hard to see how they could get rid of his contract. Also, Fredette would create a log jam in the backcourt and likely cut Miles’ minutes in the same way Spencer Hawes has cut Anthony Bennett’s.