Jimmer Fredette is getting another shot at the NBA. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported late Thursday night that the New Orleans Pelicans and Jimmer agreed to a one-year deal at the NBA’s league minimum.
ESPN sources say New Orleans is signing Jimmer Fredette to a one-year deal
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 18, 2014
For those of you wondering, the league minimum in 2014-15 for a fourth year player like Fredette is at $981,084.
Initial reaction to this deal is that Jimmer gets another crack at the NBA, and that’s great for him. Countries in Europe were willing to throw lots of cash Jimmer’s way to bring him overseas, but being in the NBA is where every player ultimately wants to be. Jimmer is in the league again, and has an opportunity to play on a young Pelicans team that is trending in the right direction.
What will be nice about this move compared to Jimmer’s other stops in Sacramento and Chicago, this new destination will come with little fanfare. No one gets excited about an NBA player ending up in New Orleans, and two, there’s no expectations placed on Jimmer right away. Low risk, high reward situation for New Orleans to roll the dice on reviving the Jimmer who played his last collegiate game at BYU, in the same arena he will call home this upcoming season.
Heading into year four of Jimmer’s NBA career, the national pundits will say Jimmer has been a bust. According to his stats in relation to where Fredette was drafted, yes, Jimmer has been a bust. However, I still believe we don’t have enough data on Jimmer to clearly label him a bust just yet. There have been moments where Fredette has shined. He just needs that opportunity on a nightly basis to perform and help his team win ball games. Hopefully Monty Williams and the Pelicans give Jimmer that chance.