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Report: Former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette will sign with New Orleans

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  • ed Los Olivos, CA
    July 19, 2014 7:58 p.m.

    Anyone remember Rickey Green? He didn't really play much until he was 27. Finally got an opportunity with the Jazz.

  • GSnow20 Vernal, UT
    July 19, 2014 6:46 p.m.

    @Two For Flinching

    I wouldn't consider cheering for Jimmer, the same as cheering for the entire opposing team. I am however, a Jimmer fan, and would like to see him succeed. I will always root for the Jazz to win, no matter who they play. However, I don't think I am the only one who would get just a little chuckle if a game came down to the wire, and Jimmer hit a three, or a couple of clutch free throws to win the game.

  • UCONN Storrs, CT
    July 19, 2014 11:07 a.m.

    That Jimmer>Kemba one has me in stitches!

  • UCONN Storrs, CT
    July 19, 2014 10:32 a.m.

    The long-awaited offseason free agency move that kept the nation captivated. Now that it's over, the other stars will begin aligning themselves to take a shot at this juggernaut.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 11:36 p.m.

    @ GSnow20

    So you cheer for both teams? Reminds of Marge Simpson who went to the horse races and tried to place a bet that "all horses will have fun." Fans don't do that.

  • GSnow20 Vernal, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:44 p.m.

    @Two for Flinching

    "It's the same thing because so many people suddenly start cheering against our team as soon as Jimmer walks in the building."

    I don't believe fans are cheering against the Jazz, they are cheering for Jimmer. Myself included.

  • GSnow20 Vernal, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:38 p.m.

    @Two For Flinching

    I thought the Jazz should have signed Jimmer as a situational player, that is why I think it would be funny if he scored 30 plus when they play. Perhaps get them thinking about what if he were on our team ?

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    July 18, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    @u-tah...

    I think you had Jimmer in Europe 2 years ago didn't you? The color of envy does not go well with red.

  • GSnow20 Vernal, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:30 p.m.

    @ BJMoose

    Funny, I don't see your name on the Pelicans roster, making a million bucks.

  • poyman Lincoln City, OR
    July 18, 2014 9:28 p.m.

    So sir, how many utes have hit the NBA in the last 10 years? And how many of them have stuck in the league for 4 years at better than $1M a year?

    BTW, has Bogut ever played a complete season before going fishing with some form of minor injury? Don't think so.

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 18, 2014 7:24 p.m.

    @sammyg

    Time to go watch a Jimmer half-time shot in the HC and other highlites on YouTube. LOL

    ------------

    Where can I find these NBA Jimmer highlights on YouTube? Please advise!

  • UoU 1991 Park City, UT
    July 18, 2014 6:33 p.m.

    twofer

    Nope, you are dead wrong!

    I've seen the BYU-hating Jazz fans boo the Cougarettes, for Heaven's sake, as well as every opposing player who played for BYU.

  • regis Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    I think if we could go back to the time Jimmer was waiting to know which team was going to draft him, we'd see countless posts from big Jimmer fans about how this guy was going to light it up in the NBA. A lot of bitter Ute fans, on the other hand, predicted a mediocre pro career at best. I personally thought Jimmer would do okay in the pros, but never attain star status.

    It appears now that those who predicted mediocrity were much closer to being on target.

    But hey, Danny Ainge was never an NBA legend. Now look where he is.

  • sammyg Springville, UT
    July 18, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    Crow is now served for all Jimmer haters. LOL

    At $980k for one year I can only guess that Jimmer is laughing at his naysayers and will work twice as hard to make a difference in New Orleans.

    Good luck Jimmer!

    Time to go watch a Jimmer half-time shot in the HC and other highlites on YouTube. LOL

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 3:37 p.m.

    @ Sports Are Great

    You are flat out wrong. If it weren't for the cheers and over the top hype he gets every time he comes back into Utah nobody would "boo" him. People go there to cheer for the Jazz, and opposing fans typically have a hard time. Ever been to a playoff game in ESA when an opposing fan walks up the stairs? It's the same thing because so many people suddenly start cheering against our team as soon as Jimmer walks in the building.

    @ Brio

    Jimmer came in the league as a top 10 pick with huge expectations. To this point, he has undelivered, and is therefore a bust until proven otherwise.

  • Gregorio Norco, CA
    July 18, 2014 3:27 p.m.

    I just became a Pelican fan. Sign me up for Jimmer time!

  • RSLJAZZBYUUTAH West Valley, UT
    July 18, 2014 3:22 p.m.

    I don't know what people are saying, the shelf life of an NBA player is about 5 years, and then they are done. The kid, if he is done in the NBA after this year, fulfilled his dream of playing in the NBA, he made a few million dollars, and he is still a good person.

  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    July 18, 2014 2:56 p.m.

    I remember another point guard that got a new lease on life in New Orleans though fairly short but hopefully Jimmer will get some floor time. New Orleans is quietly putting together a pretty good team.

  • Wolverine33 Provo, UT
    July 18, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    Somebody please explain to me why some coaches would rather have a defender who can't score than a shooter whose weakness is defense. Balance is the key.

  • Ute66 Centerville, UT
    July 18, 2014 2:19 p.m.

    Congratulations to Jimmer on staying in the league. I have a little bit of a different take on this whole thing. I personally think he has overachieved in his career. He's 25 years old. When he came out of high school 7 years ago, he had 2 scholarship offers, Marist and BYU. Even BYU didn't know how good he would be. 7 years later, he's made a few million dollars, and of course had a brilliant college career. His lack of ability to defend is due to his physical limitations at the NBA level, not a lack of effort. He's stuck around because he can shoot, and he is a high character guy. His career reminds me a little bit of Jeff Judkins- great shooter, great person, lacking athleticism, bounced around to different teams. He has nothing to be ashamed of. I like the kid and wish well.

  • Mildred in Fillmore Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 1:50 p.m.

    All the coaches and all the teams he plays for don't give him a chance. If everyone would pass to him and let him shoot it 40 times a night he'd average 20 points a game.

    Give him a chance.

  • sherlock holmes Eastern, UT
    July 18, 2014 1:42 p.m.

    Elementary, man, as to whether he does well or doesn't in the NBA.

    His salary this year will be at least $980,000. More than many of the Trib and DNews commenters will make in their lifetimes.

    How ARE your career plans going?

    Jimmer gets to make a career out of basketball. Playing and coaching. And gets paid for it.

  • Confused Sandy, UT
    July 18, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    ESPN Dave...

    Jimmer had five coaches in 4 years at Sactown.. with all the internal strife there, he really did not get a chance to play "his" game.

    As for Evans, Coach Williams is a former guard, who knows how to play and above all learned how to coach "Team" ball from Pop of San Antonio.

    If Evan does not pass the ball, it may be Evans sitting on the wood.... Not Jimmer

    Having said all that, I am a Jimmer fan, but I think he needs to elevate his game a bit, work harder than anyone else, learn to play "better" defense and then with Coach Williams tutelage, maybe then he would show the NBA that he is indeed a good player.

  • Sore loser tampa, fl
    July 18, 2014 12:44 p.m.

    Some people keep saying this is Jimmer's last chance. No way. Jimmer gets as many chances as he wants. Plenty of dudes haven't found their way until maybe a little later in their careers because of where they landed. Jimmer is a stable minded dude with accompanying skills so he'll be just fine. When you consider some of the malarkey that people spout on and on about Jimmer, Jimmer is every bit as good as Kemba Walker and that dude is averaging 35 minutes/game and 19 points/game for Charlotte. Give Jimmer 35 minutes per game and I guarantee you he'll hit just as many.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    July 18, 2014 12:43 p.m.

    U-tah : Your comments show your hate for Jimmer, what did he ever do to you for you to hate on him like that?? Shawn Bradley had a very good career, he wasn't a star like you'd hope a #2 pick could be but he led the league in blocked shots a few years and was a starter much of his career. In the right situation Jimmer could have a long and productive career, shooters are a wanted commodity and Jimmer can shoot, New Orleans isn't that bad of a team, they had a ton of injuries last year and have made some nice improvements so far this off season, they should be tough next year.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    July 18, 2014 12:24 p.m.

    I just hope the Nba finally gives him a chance. They just haven't given him a chance yet.

  • waldo2 North Granby, CT
    July 18, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    Go Figure. Remember the comparisons between Jimmer and Kemba Walker from UConn? Who was the better PG? Kemba's career point average is 16 points per game, 5.5 assists, and is in a starting role. End of discussion.

  • Sports Are Great Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 12:08 p.m.

    Two for flinching,

    Jimmer gets booed because he lit your team up year after year. Nothing more. BYU fans don't boo Andre Miller or Bogut because we can grow up and act like adults and not make everything about the rivalry. Utah "fans" have a harder time with that.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    July 18, 2014 11:39 a.m.

    @ U-tah:

    "A bust"?
    Hardly. Do a bit research and find out for yourself just how many first round picks from 4 years ago are still playing in the NBA. Not a hight percentage. Those already gone are the actual busts. Jimmer doesn't fit into that category.

    You have absolutely no way of knowing what Jimmer will be doing a year from now. None whatsoever. But your negative assumption says volumes about your bias.

    Even if Jimmer's NBA does end after this coming season, his time playing in the NBA will be very close to the overall average NBA career of 4.8 years. Again, that's hardly a bust.
    Players who average less than 12 minutes per game average only 2.1 years. Jimmer has already doubled that and is still going. So once again... not a bust whatsoever.

    Try assessing players more objectively using actual facts. You'll achieve much more reader credibility.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    July 18, 2014 11:38 a.m.

    "Please keep in mind he'll be earning more this next season alone than most of us will be making the remainder of our careers"

    Is making money the only thing that defines our lives? It's nice but a non factor really.

  • Man in Charge Chihuahua, 00
    July 18, 2014 11:36 a.m.

    Good luck ridding the bench in New Orleans. Probably could've got 6 million to play in Europe.

  • IDC Boise, ID
    July 18, 2014 11:27 a.m.

    Good for Jimmer. Hopefully he gets more playing time and plays well. This could be the end or the start of something new. Only time will tell. I for one will now be following the Pelicans.(along with the Jazz) Go Jimmer.

  • Brio Alpine, UT
    July 18, 2014 11:22 a.m.

    Another Chris B projection gone bad. He all but guaranteed us Jimmer would be consigned to Europe by now, and even said to mark it down. I did, but am now erasing it... like I've done with most of his other predictions. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, no matter how erroneous.

    @ rvalens2... classy comment. Well done.

    @ Brave Sir Robin and a few other like mined Ute fans...
    As someone else noted, your ilk have now shifted emphasis from Jimmer being in Europe by now to multiple mentions of his "minimum NBA contract".

    Please keep in mind he'll be earning more this next season alone than most of us will be making the remainder of our careers. A sobering thought to keep things in context.
    It's very doubtful there isn't an honest person commenting on this article who wouldn't change careers with Jimmer right now... in a heartbeat. I certainly would if given the chance.

    Jimmer will most likely continue playing a few more seasons after this coming one, then will have multiple fairly lucrative options afterward. Any further criticisms of him are most likely born of jealousy.

    Congratulations, Jimmer!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    @ GSnow20

    That is why he gets booed when Jimmer plays in ESA. Ute fans don't start cheering against the Jazz whenever Andre Miller or Bogut come to town.

  • DEW Cougars Sandy, UT
    July 18, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    Just hope the coach will work with Jimmer and whoever said about Evans doesn't pass the ball to him will either be bench or cut. Good luck Jimmer.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    July 18, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    Chris B

    LOL at your spin.

    You claimed that Jimmer would never even be drafted.

    It's funny how you're constantly having to re-adjust the bar.

  • Rockwell Baltimore, MD
    July 18, 2014 11:17 a.m.

    So happy to see Jimmer getting another opportunity to prove himself.

    Good luck Jimmer!

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    Y Ask Y

    "Pelicans?

    Is that D-league?"

    More proof that you've always been a BYU hater, despite your claims to the contrary.

  • oddman ,
    July 18, 2014 11:01 a.m.

    re:markman
    You're right. There is a vast difference between the 'delusional fan club' and those who are fans because he entertained us and we hope he can continue to do so...here, not in Europe because we don't get many opportunities to watch European ball.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    July 18, 2014 10:56 a.m.

    Re: Never Break "this is what happens when Ute fans can't get over being dominated like a high school team for 4 years…Jimmer took you guys to the woodshed every game and you just had to accept it. "

    True, except for the "getting over being dominating part". He was an outstanding offensive college player who was not required to play any defense. The "domination" part, as anyone who understands basketball knows, was at possibly the lowest point in Utah basketball history. Fortunately, those days are over. The win last year was not an aberration. Buckle up.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    July 18, 2014 10:38 a.m.

    Love the comments. Jimmer is a great shooter. One of the best to ever play at the college level. His % in the NBA is good too. But Jimmer lacks a knowledge of the entire game. He doesn't understand the value of defense, teamwork and passing. If he were to improve in the other areas, he could have a long career in the NBA. For Jimmer's sake, I hope he grows up as a player and makes a career out of playing basketball at the highest level. Seems like such a waste of talent to not see him on the court entertaining the crowds with his scoring.

  • MarkMAN West Columbia, TX
    July 18, 2014 10:27 a.m.

    I am not sure that this comment about his fan club is even close. "It's his delusional fan club". Most of us if not all, just want him to have a chance to play and be the real influence he can be in the NBA. He has NBA talent offense and defense, he likely will not be a star, but he can be the difference between winning a game or losing one esp key games down the stretch type key games. Just ask Chicago esp the press there. They kept asking why and were never told.

    A little surprised. A lot of nice comment posted today.

    Wish the best for all Utah College Basketball teams this year. It actually might be very fun.

    Mark

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    Jimmer's future lies in Europe where a good shooter can make a lot of money without having to play too much defense. The NBA wants defense out of it's guards and Jimmer never developed that skill.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    July 18, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    Jimmer is the new Maravich

  • oddman ,
    July 18, 2014 10:10 a.m.

    Win, lose or draw, I would be ecastatic to see Jimmer exceed all expectations and become a fixture in the NBA. He already is a fixture in the minds of those of us who are his fans. He gets a lot of press while so many others simply wilt and die on the vine without anyone seeming to care. Hats off to you. You are a class act my friend.

  • ImagineUte Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    Never Break .500:
    Let us ask Van Noy about being dominated for four years. The Brigham Young Theological Institute football fans surely can't relate to a four year stretch of domination, no? Look, I like Jimmer. You would be hard pressed to find a better human being in the NBA and I think he will make a good deal of money playing basketball...it just won't be in the world's top league.

  • ekute Layton, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:04 a.m.

    Cougsndawgs,
    I like your perspective. I think he would be a star player in Europe, make much more money and he's a great representative for the church. Possibly he just doesn't want to be so far from home.

    Chris B,
    Funny how they whine when you post and call you when you don't.

  • RonBergundy SANDY, UT
    July 18, 2014 10:00 a.m.

    @Brave Sir

    Practice fodder? You do realize they don't really practice in the NBA right?

  • SharpHooks Sandy, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:50 a.m.

    He will be warming a bench in the East now.

  • SoonerUte Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:43 a.m.

    Congrats to Jimmer getting another shot in the NBA. Some said he was headed to Europe, but I think he could have helped the Washington Generals vanquish their foe.

  • Cougsndawgs West Point , UT
    July 18, 2014 9:39 a.m.

    I always wish Jimmer well, but there's a lot more than a million to be made in Europe. Go make bank where shooters are paid a premium Jimmer. You're a stud and great example of class! Wish you and your wife much happiness and success, you certainly deserve it.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    I'm a little surprised and although his career in the NBA has lasted slightly longer than I thought, when you compare what byu fans said his career in the NBA would be like and what I said it would be like, I'm looking pretty accurate!

    Riding the bench wherever he goes!

    Enjoy your last season in the NBA James

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 18, 2014 9:34 a.m.

    @Tom in CA

    Actually I quite like Jimmer...classy guy, great person on and off the court, dead-eye shooter. It's his delusional fan club - you know, the one that thinks he's a future NBA all star - that I can't stand.

    Soon you guys will have to pick up a Turkish cable subscription in order to continue your Jimmer worship.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    Big Ute fan rooting for Jimmer but the end is near. Similar stories of an NBA career have played out hundreds of times. His NBA career is on life support.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    July 18, 2014 9:13 a.m.

    Monty Williams is a good head coach. I'm sure he'll give Jimmer a chance to prove himself. This could prove to be one of the great comebacks in NBA history. Best of luck.

  • U-tah WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:10 a.m.

    The 6 foot Shawn Bradley of the NBA. Yes he will make a cool million sitting on the bench but what a bust. # 1 draft pick and he will be Dave Rose's assistant in another year. Good for you Jimmer, save your money.

  • sky2k1 Provo, UT
    July 18, 2014 9:09 a.m.

    Ute fans/Jimmer haters were wrong about him having to go to Europe, so now it's all about him playing for the league minimum on a bad team. Not quite the same thing -- if it makes you feel better, New Orleans was once run by France, and they still have the French Quarters down there. That's kinda almost but not even close to right isn't it?

  • ImagineUte Salt Lake City, UT
    July 18, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    When you are wrong, you're wrong. And I was very wrong about Burdette. I projected him out of the Association in three years and signing a contract in Tel Aviv. Instead he just signed a one year contract for the league minimum. Congrats to Jimmer and his nation of fans.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    July 18, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    Sir -

    Plain to see the 49 point smack down still hurts.

  • tom2 Jerome, ID
    July 18, 2014 8:55 a.m.

    What? ChrisB hasn't commented yet? I am sure I must be in an alternate reality. BYU fans posting on a BYU article first and Jimmer signing yet another contract with an NBA team. Say what you will, Brave Sir Robin, but it was a short week ago that we were assured Jimmer would never sign another contract with any NBA team and he was certainly headed for Europe. This is an NBA contract, league minimum or no (nearly $1 million ain't bad), bad team or no (the Pelicans finished 9 games above the Jazz and ahead of 9 teams in total). Good luck, Jimmer. I hope you prove as many people wrong with your pro career as you did in your college career.

  • never break .500 Los Angeles, CA
    July 18, 2014 8:51 a.m.

    this is what happens when Ute fans can't get over being dominated like a high school team for 4 years…Jimmer took you guys to the woodshed every game and you just had to accept it. Now you hope he fails and doesn't do well. He's been an NBA player for what? 5 years? so embarrassing.

  • Veracity Morgan, UT
    July 18, 2014 8:29 a.m.

    Jimmer has never had a real opportunity in the NBA to show what he can do...the inept Kings did him a great disservice by not giving him a chance with their selfish play. If Jimmer is given a fair chance, he will be resigned or pick up a better contract with another team. Every team needs a shooter.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 18, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    @Tom in CA

    What do you mean "spin this one"? There's no need to spin it - the facts speak for themselves. He just signed a one-year deal at the league minimum for one of the worst teams in the NBA. In other words, a bad NBA team sees him as practice fodder. Who needs to put spin on this?

  • ESPN Ken Loomis, CA
    July 18, 2014 8:08 a.m.

    Good for Jimmer. Unfortunately he is reunited with Tyreke Evans. The guy would never pass the ball to Jimmer when they were both in Sac. Doesn't matter if you have a shooter if you don't have a passer.

  • cmsense Kaysville, UT
    July 18, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    Jimmermania continues...a million dollars a year, not a bad gig!

  • Y Ask Y Provo, UT
    July 18, 2014 7:52 a.m.

    Pelicans?

    Is that D-league?

  • rlsintx Plano, TX
    July 18, 2014 7:52 a.m.

    100% behind this guy. Play or no play, he's conducted himself with class the whole way.

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    July 18, 2014 7:01 a.m.

    Doesn't say much for any kind of long term career. A stop-gap, plug a hole for the Pelicans for this year only.

  • GSnow20 Vernal, UT
    July 18, 2014 3:51 a.m.

    Good for Jimmer, and I personally hope when New Orleans plays the Jazz, Jimmer lights them up for 30 plus.

  • vangroovin West Jordan, UT
    July 18, 2014 3:06 a.m.

    Go Jimmer! Good luck with the new team!

  • rph Arlington, VA
    July 18, 2014 1:45 a.m.

    Congratulations Jimmer! Here is to hoping that you have a good year in New Orleans that leads to a longer contract there or elsewhere in the NBA.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    July 18, 2014 12:02 a.m.

    Good luck Jimmer, here's one Ute fan who bears you no ill will.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    July 17, 2014 11:58 p.m.

    OK - now let's hear all you experts (you know who you are - he lit you up with 49) spin this one. Good job Jimmer!!

  • Uteology East Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 17, 2014 11:38 p.m.

    This might be his final chance. Lets see if he gets the minutes that Jimmer Nation has been saying is all he needs to prove himself.