Many New York Knicks’ fans were a bit disappointed when the Knicks didn’t pursue guard Jimmer Fredette over the weekend, but they may be more disappointed to know that the franchise didn’t even consider adding the former BYU star.
Fredette, a Glens Falls native, officially signed with the Chicago Bulls and was available to play against the Knicks on Sunday when the Bulls did what everyone else has done as of late- embarrass the Knicks.
The third-year guard was outspoken about hoping the Knicks would draft him back in 2011 coming out of Brigham Young but he didn’t drop to 17 and the club selected Iman Shumpert. Fredette wound up with Sacramento at No. 10 and a disappointing three-year stint came to an end with his buyout this week.
After buying out Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih, the Knicks had two roster spots open and signed combo guard Shannon Brown and Earl Clark Thursday amid reports Fredette was working on a Kings’ buyout.
“We already made our moves with Shannon and Earl,’’ Knicks head coach Mike Woodson told the New York Post’s Marc Berman. “Then (Jimmer) got released right after we made our moves. There really was no considerations there.’’
Asked if the Knicks inquired, Fredette told Berman, “Not too much that I’m aware of.’’
It’s really no big loss there as while Knicks fans may be disappointed, Fredette wouldn’t have done much to make this struggling team any better. There’s a reason he was released in Sacramento.
For those wishing the Knicks would sign Fredette, maybe that will happen in the offseason as he is a free agent following the year.
That’s something I wouldn’t count on though.