Jimmer Fredette rumors have been addressed by the former BYU guard himself. Fredette spoke about the rumors about the San Antonio Spurs pursuing him as a free agent during the NBA offseason. A report from CBS Sports on Sunday, September 20, relays how surprised he was to not just get a call from the Spurs, but a contract offer.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Fredette committed to joining the Spurs back in July, giving the guard another shot to jumpstart his NBA career. Recent struggles in the league hinted that his career might be cut short, but apparently San Antonio saw something that will help to add depth to an aging roster. Fredette spoke about that and just how good this situation could be for him.
“It’s an awesome opportunity. When I got the phone call, I wasn’t expecting this opportunity at all. It is something I’m grateful they offered me and it showed they want me on the team. They don’t offer people for no reason. They see a type of guy they want and they go after (him) and I’m glad I’m their type of guy.”
After becoming a star at Brigham Young University, there were a lot of Jimmer Fredette rumors as he prepared to enter the 2011 NBA Draft. Coming off a season where he averaged 28.9 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game in college, the Milwaukee Bucks selected him with the 10th overall pick. He was almost immediately traded to the Sacramento Kings as part of a three-team deal. Fredette then played parts of three seasons in Sacramento, averaging 15 minutes a night in 171 games.
Fredette played part of the 2013-14 NBA season with the Chicago Bulls, but averaged only seven minutes per game. After appearing in just eight games for the Bulls, he became a free agent, signing with the New Orleans Pelicans last season. Fredette struggled a lot with the Pelicans, making just 38 percent of his shots from the field and just 18.8 percent from the three-point line. After 50 games, the team didn’t offer him a new contract in the offseason.
The San Antonio Spurs have now given Fredette a shot to play for a winning franchise that he hasn’t yet experienced in the league. Though he will be making close to the league minimum for the 2015-16 NBA season, Fredette clearly knows that this is his chance to prove he can be a great contributor off the bench. If he wants Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to give him a lot of minutes, those will have to be earned in the NBA preseason. If he plays well, the next Jimmer Fredette rumors fans will be hearing about will be his chance to shine in the NBA Playoffs.
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