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Washington Wizards Should Trade for Backup Point Guard Jimmer Fredette

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COMMENTARY | Jimmer Fredette of the Sacramento Kings may be the backup point guard the Washington Wizards so desperately need.


In their quest to shore up a position that's in dire need of help, the Wizards should consider looking in the direction of the sharp-shooting Fredette, who could be available as the NBA trade deadline quickly approaches.

Here's why striking a deal for Fredette makes a ton of sense for the Wizards:

Fredette can flat out shoot the basketball

Acquiring Fredette would provide the Wizards' second unit with one of the league's most accurate shooters.

Despite averaging only a little more than 11 minutes of playing time per game this season, Fredette has still been a deadly assassin from the three-point line as he's connected on an impressive 49.3 percent of his attempts.

Recently, his shooting expertise was on full display in the Kings' victory over the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. During the contest, Fredette registered a career-high 24 points while hitting on a blistering 75 percent of his three-point opportunities.

He would be an immediate upgrade over current backup point guard Garrett Temple, who defends much better than he shoots. Needless to say, Fredette would also serve as a better solution than free-agent bust Eric Maynor, who failed miserably during his stint as the Wizards' backup point earlier in the season.


The Wizards will save money and cap space trading for Fredette instead of Andre Miller

Recently, the Wizards have emerged as a rumored destination for exiled Denver Nuggets point guard Andre Miller.

Although Miller would certainly improve the state of affairs at backup point guard, dealing for the veteran would require the Wizards to come up with $5 million in trade assets to complete the hypothetical trade.


Trading for Miller would also put the Wizards on the hook for $4.6 million he'll make during the 2014-15 NBA season. The addition of Miller's salary would put a dent in the Wizards' available cap space in their bid to make a run at a top-tier talent during free agency this summer.

On the other hand, acquiring Fredette's $2.5 million salary for this season would give the Wizards a more than serviceable backup point at roughly half the cost of trading for Miller. At that price, the Wizards could possibly send a combination of Chris Singleton and Garrett Temple to the Kings for the rights to Fredette.


Fredette also has an expiring contract, so he'd come off the books at the end of the year, thus preserving the cap space the Wizards can use during the summer of 2014.

Fredette could stabilize the Wizards' backup point guard position

The addition of Fredette could finally provide the Wizards with an adequate performer at the backup point spot.

As mentioned earlier, Maynor has been a disaster as he's failed to give the veteran leadership the Wizards were looking for when they signed him as a free agent prior to the 2013-14 campaign. Temple has had his moments of success, but the team's pursuit of another point guard indicates that the Wizards aren't fully satisfied with what he's accomplished as John Wall's primary backup.


Kendall Marshall could have been the answer to the team's woes at backup point, but he was waived and has since found a home playing stellar basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.

As for Fredette, his limitations on the defensive end would be easily trumped by his ability to make shots. Just his presence alone would force opposing defenses to account for him on the offensive end.


Fredette is the missing piece the Wizards' second-unit has been searching for so, hopefully, the Wizards and Kings can get together and make this potential deal a reality prior to the league's rapidly approaching trade deadline.

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Drexel Perry is a Washington Redskins and Washington Wizards Yahoo Sports contributor. Follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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