Suns To Decline Jimmer Fredette’s Team Option

As expected, the Suns will decline Jimmer Fredette‘s team option for the 2019/20 season, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (via Twitter). The option would have paid Fredette a salary of $1,988,119 if it had been exercised, per Basketball Insiders.

Warriors assistant GM Larry Harris confirmed earlier today that Fredette would be a part of Golden State’s Summer League roster in July. It wouldn’t have been possible for the former BYU standout to play for the Warriors in Summer League if he were still under contract with Phoenix.

Fredette, 30, returned to the NBA near the end of the 2018/19 campaign after spending multiple seasons in China. The sharpshooter struggled in six games with Phoenix down the stretch, averaging 3.7 PPG on 27.6% shooting in six games (10.8 MPG). He missed all 13 of his three-point attempts.

Fredette had been lighting up in China in recent years, putting up massive scoring numbers for the Shanghai Sharks. While he has never developed into a particularly effective NBA rotation player since being drafted 10th overall in 2011, his Summer League agreement with the Warriors suggests that he’s going to keep trying to make his way onto an NBA roster for 2019/20.

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8 thoughts on “Suns To Decline Jimmer Fredette’s Team Option

  1. fishy 9 dogs

    Maybe he just can’t take the pressure of the nba? Dude was impressive in China.

    • Gary

      It’s called NBA caliber Defenders. Quick in your face won’t let you get by them Etc China? Not so much.

      But !! I’m all for this. If Jimmer can shoot 40% in his pre-season fall training camp and in the regular-season continue that, I’m all for the breakout of Jimmer.

      New Arena, rest Curry’s legs in this coming year of mediocrity. Let the kids play.

      I even look forward to the summer league with Dedrick Lawson and the Boston College Point Guard who can score the ball.

      Let’s go Warriors !!

  2. hoosierhysteria

    He can ball. Needs someone to give him a legitimate opportunity. Steve Kerr will. Go warriors.

    • Gary

      He has had plenty of opportunities. What I’m saying is he might be perfect for this year’s Warriors that needs name recognition and fan excitement and a flashy player for the new building and the absence of Their Stars. I’m just saying it’s gimmicky. Just hoping Jimmer can prove to be marginally okay and roll with it.

  3. Jason Lancaster

    Classic example of NCAA athleticism gap. Great player, but not athletic enough for the NBA.

    Fredette is trying to live his dream, sacrificing real money to do it. Gotta respect that.

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