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June 5, 2011
Walker pulls out of workout with Jimmer

That Jimmer Fredette-Kemba Walker pre-draft workout isn't going to happen.

As reported by The Hoops Report Walker will not be participating in the workout that is also scheduled to include Fredette.

Haven't been given a reason why Walker pulled out. Perhaps his travel schedule is tight and he wants to be fresh rather than not feel rushed after a long flight. There's also the chance his agent just doesn't want him in the workout with Fredette. You never really know with these things.

I just wouldn't jump to the conclusion that Walker is "scared" of Fredette, especially since the decision likely wasn't made by Walker.

But as of now, Fredette is still expected to be a part of the group working out tentatively set for Thursday.

The Kings do expect to have Walker in at some point before the NBA Draft on June 23, meaning chances are Walker doesn't have a promise from one of the five teams picking ahead of the Kings.

Walker and Fredette are two of the most recognizable names from college basketball, hence the excitement about them possibly facing off.

Walker led Connecticut to the NCAA Championship. Fredette won several National Player of the Year awards as a prolific scorer at BYU.

Walker would fill the Kings desire for antoher point guard on the roster and a player that can get to the basket. Fredette would be another ballhandler and a three-point shooter the Kings covet.


UPDATE: According to ESPN Chad Ford's Twitter feed, Walker's decision was about a scheduling conflict and he will be in Sacramento June 13.

Walker has a workout Tuesday in Toronto and Wednesday in Detroit. The workout in Sacramento was tentatively set for Thursday.



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