Jimmer Fredette news reveals that the New York Knicks have finally signed the former BYU star. Fredette signed a 10-day contract with the Knicks on Monday, February 22, confirming that he will be back in the NBA. An announcement was made by Knicks president Phil Jackson, making Fredette the 20th player to get called up from the D-League this season.
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The New York Knicks could make this move because the team had an open roster spot, so adding Jimmer Fredette brings the team to 15 total players. Fredette had garnered a lot of attention recently after he won the MVP Award during the D-League All-Star game. It looked like a team might step up and sign him pretty quickly, and it ended up being the Knicks.
There had been a number of Jimmer Fredette rumors this season, especially after he was waived by the New Orleans Hornets. Fredette appeared in four games with the Hornets, playing in just 13 total minutes. Fredette had played 50 games for the Hornets during the 2014-15 NBA season, averaging 10.2 minutes, 3.6 points, and 1.2 assists per game.
Fredette was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, but became part of a draft-day trade with the Sacramento Kings. He played in 171 games for the Kings, averaging 15 minutes a night over three seasons. Fredette averaged 7.0 points, 1.5 assists, and 1.1 rebounds during his time there. Fredette then spent eight games with the Chicago Bulls before heading to play for New Orleans.
After winning the MVP Award in the D-League All-Star game, Fredette spoke with the Associated Press about possibly making the jump to the NBA again. He had a lot of confidence after scoring 35 points in the game. It followed a very successful season in the D-League, where Fredette had averaged 22.6 points and 4.3 assists per game. Those numbers earned him a spot in the All-Star game and put him back in the spotlight.
“I feel I’ve definitely proven I can still play and provide something for a team out there. I’ve shown that. And I’m definitely confident if I do get an opportunity, I’ll be able to produce. The D-League has helped me to get better and develop as a basketball player. I hope there’ll be a team that takes notice and gives me a chance. You never know what could happen — whether it’s the Knicks or another team. I’m hopeful there is a team that will arise, but I’m not positive who that will be.”
Jimmer Fredette will immediately be available on the active roster for New York Knicks interim coach Kurt Rambis to use in games. The NBA schedule has the Knicks playing the Toronto Raptors on Monday, February 22, before traveling to play the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, February 24. The team has five possible games in the next 10 days where Fredette could see some action, but it could all come down to game-time situations and how he looks in practices with the Knicks. If he does play well for the Knicks, Fredette could possibly get a new 10-day contract out of it.
While playing college basketball, Jimmer Fredette quickly became the star player at Brigham Young University. In his senior season at BYU, Fredette averaged 28.9 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game. NBA teams hoped he could be a decent shooter in the league, but it just hasn’t worked out for him yet. This turned into Fredette becoming a first-round selection, but he didn’t end up getting as much playing time as fans had hoped. Now, he will possibly take the court for a struggling New York Knicks team with the hopes of sticking around this time.
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