Our boy saw the second of his two straight DNP-CD’s on Saturday, and we have to wonder if this is the beginning of the end for Jimmer “I store more food in my cheeks than Dwyane Wade” Fredette. This all comes after he went on record saying that he considers himself a Deron Williams type point guard. Yikes. And while Jimmer fans will blow this off as simply a small rookie year roadblock, we at lowertherim think otherwise.
A DNP-CD is perhaps the harshest of all sentences a player can receive from a coach, and is also an omen for an end of season or mid season exodus. While a Luke Walton can rack up all the DNP-CD’s he could ever want and still remain with his squad, Jimmer and the Kings don’t have that luxury. Although his impact on the court is minimal, Jimmer still holds significant dollar value, and relegating this lottery pick to the bench for a season is going to slingshot him into trade irrelevance–see Memphis and OJ Mayo. In short, the Kings are only hurting themselves by sitting Jimmer, and if the kid sits much longer you might hear his name being shopped around before the trade deadline. Sacramento is in a play-him-or-trade-him situation with Jimmer, and if the once White Wonder has become Keith Smart’s Pasty Pariah, then they better start looking to trade him, because it’s bad business otherwise.