By Drew Packham, NBA.com
LAS VEGAS — Jimmer Fredette barely had time to digest the news.
The Kings added another point guard Monday with the acquisition of free agent Aaron Brooks, in what could potentially mean even less playing time for Fredette.
Jimmer sent a “don’t forget about me” message to the franchise just minutes after word of the trade came down, scoring 30 points Monday in a 113-91 loss to the Rockets, but says his big game had nothing to do with proving his worth.
“Coach just told me to be really aggressive and shoot the ball, so that’s what I did,” said Fredette, who put up 21 shots (hitting 10, including two 3s).
Fredette said he didn’t think anything of the pick up before the game, but is eager to play alongside Brooks.
“Aaron is a really explosive scorer,” Fredette said. “A guy that can really put the ball in the basket is really going to help our team out. It’s all about trying to get the team better. I’m going to go out and play as hard as I can, try to get as many minutes as I can and just help the team anyway I can.”
Fredette says at some point he expects to be filled in on the team’s expectations, but for now the coaches are just “telling me to be me.”
Fredette, coming off a rookie season in which he averaged just 7.6 points in 18.6 minutes, struggled in his first two games in Las Vegas, going 1-for-14 from three-point land and 5-for-22 overall. Fredette says he’s trying to get back to what made him successful in college — his fearlessness.
“In my mindset, I wasn’t being me,” Fredette said of his rookie season. “I wasn’t being as aggressive as I should’ve been. I passed up some shots, just trying to fit in. That’s not my game and that’s what coaches have really started stressing.”
Fellow BYU alum Austin Ainge — now director of player personnel with the Celtics — missed playing with Fredette by one season, but says he’s “a big Jimmer fan” and still believes in Fredette’s potential.
“He’s not going to give up,” Ainge said earlier in the day. “Guys who can think and shoot and work will keep getting better and he’ll find a way. His best attribute is his shooting, so however you can get him shots, that’s how you should use him. I think it just depends on personnel. The coaches will figure it out. Jimmer will figure it out. Because he is a weapon.”