Jimmermania began in Sacramento with hundreds of fans gathered at the airport to cheer the arrival of a player most had only watched on television or read about during the NCAA tournament.

It’s headed for a much quieter conclusion.

As the Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette worked toward reaching a buyout of his contract, the former BYU sensation was not in attendance for Tuesday night’s game against the Houston Rockets. Kings coach Michael Malone said the team advised Fredette to stay home until a resolution has been reached.

Malone said he wished Fredette well and believes the third-year guard can carve out an NBA career somewhere — just not in Sacramento.

Fredette, who turned 25 years old Tuesday, is making about $2.4 million this season. He will be a free agent if — and, most likely when — he clears waivers.

Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro told reporters at the team’s morning shootaround that he was approached by Fredette’s representatives about a buyout.

Gooden joins Wizards

Drew Gooden has agreed to join the Washington Wizards on a 10-day contract.

Gooden is expected to sign the deal and join the team in time for Thursday’s game against the Toronto Raptors.

The Wizards are in need of frontcourt depth after losing forward Nene to a sprained left MCL. Nene is expected to be sidelined about six weeks.

Trevor Booker started in Nene’s place Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic.

Gooden hasn’t played since he was designated as an amnesty player by the Milwaukee Bucks last summer. He had two years and about $13.4 million remaining on his deal at the time.