SALT LAKE CITY — Could Jimmer Fredette be back in the NBA?
According to a report by John Gambadoro, a host on Phoenix sports radio station 98.7, the Suns and Fredette will be meeting today, with the possibility of the Suns signing the former BYU star for the rest of the season. Phoenix, which is 17-55, has 10 games remaining on its schedule. The Utah Jazz host the Suns on Monday night at Vivint Arena.
After being selected with the No. 10 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and then immediately traded to the Sacramento Kings, Fredette never stuck in the league. Fredette bounced from team to team (Sacramento, Chicago, New Orleans, New York), never averaging more than 14 minutes per game in a season after his rookie year. Fredette averaged 6 points per game over his five-year NBA career and last played in the NBA in 2016 with the Knicks.
Fredette revitalized his professional career in China, becoming a superstar for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 38.6, 36.9 and 36 points per game in his three seasons. He's been nicknamed "The Lonely Master" and won the CBA MVP in the 2016-17 season. With the season done for Shanghai, after they were eliminatedfrom the playoffs, Fredette is cleared to pursue an NBA opportunity.
At BYU, Fredette electrified fans as he led the Cougars to the Sweet Sixteen during his senior year. Jimmermania gripped the BYU campus as Fredette averaged nearly 29 points per game. In the 2010-11 season, Fredette put up 52 points against New Mexico in the Mountain West Conference tournament and 47 against Utah. In the NCAA tournament that season, Fredette put up performances of 32 points, 34 points, and finally, 32 points in the Sweet Sixteen loss to Florida in the 2011 tournament. Fredette swept every major college basketball player of the year award for the 2010-2011 season as his name was turned into a verb.
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