KINGS ACQUIRE JOHN SALMONS AND DRAFT RIGHTS TO JIMMER FREDETTE IN THREE-TEAM TRADE
SACRAMENTO, CA, June 23, 2011 -- The Sacramento Kings today acquired forward John Salmons and the draft rights to Jimmer Fredette from the Milwaukee Bucks in a three-team trade that sent guard Beno Udrih to the Bucks and the draft rights to Bismack Biyombo to the Charlotte Bobcats. Charlotte also received Corey Maggette from Milwaukee in exchange for Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the draft rights to Tobias Harris, according to Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie.
“The acquisition of John Salmons, whom we had before, gives us a versatile small forward that can score the ball and defend a number of different positions,” said Petrie. “He obviously brings some experience back to our team and was extremely productive in his former stint as a King. We’re looking forward to have him come back and join our team.
“Jimmer was one of the most exciting players in college basketball the last couple of seasons. If not the best shooter in the draft, he was certainly one of the best. He’ll add a new dimension to our team offensively. He’s an exciting player and I think our fans will enjoy him as well.”
Salmons, a nine-year NBA veteran, averaged 14.0 points (.415 FGs, .379 3FGs, .813 FTs), 3.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in 73 outings with the Bucks last season, of which he started 70. He has posted career averages of 10.1 points (.442 FGs, .369 3FGs, .806 FTs), 3.1 rebounds and 2.5 assts per game in 674 contests with Philadelphia (2002-06), Sacramento (2006-09), Chicago (2009-10) and Milwaukee (2009-11). His arrival in Sacramento marks his second stint with the Kings. One of Salmons’ most productive seasons occurred while playing for Sacramento when he averaged 18.3 points (.472 FGs, .418 3FGs, .823 FTs), 4.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game in 53 outings during the 2008-09 campaign. He has amassed career playoff averages of 11.2 points (.401 FGs, .258 3FGs, .875 FTs), 2.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game through 22 contests, of which he started 14 for Philadelphia (2003 and 2005), Chicago (2009) and Milwaukee (2010). Salmons was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft out of the University of Miami where he enjoyed a four-year career, averaging 10.4 points (.466 FGs, .321 3FGs and .805 FTs), 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in 124 outings for the Hurricanes.
Fredette, a 6-2, 195-pound guard, enjoyed a four-year career at Brigham Young University where he led Division I in scoring (28.9 ppg) as a senior. He won nearly every national player of the year honor including the Naismith, Wooden, Associated Press, United States Basketball Writers Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Sporting News and Adolph Rupp awards. Fredette was the recipient of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and a consensus First-Team All-American by John R. Wooden, AP, Sporting News, NABC, USBWA, Yahoo!, Lute Olsen, Sports Illustrated.com and more. He finished his career averaging 18.7 points (.455 FGs, .394 3FGs, .882 FTs), 3.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 139 outings for the Cougars. Fredette set BYU career records for points (2,599), three-pointers (296), games played (139), 30-point games (24), 40-point games (6) and wins played in (112). He established Mountain West Conference single-game records in points, field goals made and three-point field goals made (tied). Fredette set both MWC season and career records in points, field goals made and three-point field goals made, as well as the mark for the season scoring average. He posted the 11th-highest season point total in NCAA history as a senior.
Udrih, a seven-year NBA veteran, averaged 13.7 points (.500 FGs, .357 3FGs, .864 FTs), 4.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 79 contests with the Kings this past season, of which he started 64. Udrih has amassed career averages of 9.6 points (.466 FGs, .358 3FGs, .835 FTs), 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game in 503 outings with San Antonio (2004-07) and Sacramento (2007-11). He was selected by the Spurs in the first round (28th overall pick) of the 2004 NBA Draft. Udrih has appeared in 38 career playoff games, all with the Spurs, averaging 2.9 points (.333 FGs, .244 3FGs, .857 FTs). Following the 2006-07 season, San Antonio traded him to Minnesota. Udrih was signed by Sacramento as a free agent on November 1, 2007 upon being waived by the Timberwolves.
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