The Sacramento Kings are reportedly looking to clear cap space in order to make a run at free agent shooting guard Monta Ellis, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Sources say that the Kings, meanwhile, have been shopping the likes of Jimmer Fredette and Chuck Hayes to the Cavaliers to create the requisite salary-cap room to try to sign Ellis comfortably. Hard to see Cleveland wanting Hayes, whose contract runs through 2014-15 and thus potentially cuts into Cleveland's reserves earmarked for a free-agent run at LeBron James next summer. Fredette's $2.4 million salary is a virtual expiring deal.
The same report indicates Jeff Teague might be unavailable to Detroit as the Bucks and Hawks explore the possibility of swapping restricted free agent guards Teague and Brandon Jennings.
That means the Pistons must set their point guard sights a little lower, and at this point should probably focus on anyone with long-range shooting (I have a feeling this is going to be a theme of all my posts until the trade deadline).
Fredette does not have the ability to displace Brandon Knight as the starting point guard but he's young (24 years old), on an expiring contract, and would cost a minimal amount of assets (perhaps just a future second rounder).
Fredette has never been much of a point guard, and even played off the ball quite a bit, but the long-range shooting he tantalized with at BYU did rear its head in his second season with the Kings. Fredette shot nearly 42 percent on 156 attempts from three last season. Bynum, meanwhile, shot 31 percent on half that number.
In this scenario Detroit would be forced to ride the BK7 point guard experiment for the third consecutive year (at least to start the season), but Jimmer would effectively replace Will Bynum and maybe Kim English in the Pistons rotation.