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Report: Pelicans reach one-year deal with Jimmer Fredette

Jul 18, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

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Jimmer Fredette couldn’t win over a series of coaches — Paul Westphal, Keith Smart, Mike Malone and Tom Thibodeau —to give him big minutes in Sacramento or, late last season, Chicago.

He’s going to get one more chance.

The New Orleans Pelicans need a shooter to replace Anthony Morrow and they are going to give Fredette a chance with a one year deal, something first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN. This would be for the league minimum.

Without a doubt, Fredette can shoot the rock, he’s a career 40 percent from three. The problem is at the other end of the court — the second he steps on the court other teams go at his defense. That is what glues him to the bench. The Bulls desperately needed shooting last season but Thibodeau wouldn’t trust him enough to put him out there for extended stretches.

Fredette has gotten another chance. The Pelicans are a good team and one in need of a marksman. We’ll see if the rest of Fredette’s game has improved to the point he can show off that shooting skill set.

  1. mungman69 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Jimmer looks like he’s running in wet cement.

  2. misremembered72 - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Man, I hope he can have some sort of an impact next year. He was a ton of fun to watch in college

  3. skins26portis - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    This isn’t college son its the NBA. Their are a ton of college players who just can’t stay in the NBA. The good thing for Jimmer is the Kings wasted a high 1st round pick to select him that paid made him a few million dollars. He better put his money away because he maybe join us in the real work place.

  4. dacapt704 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Amazing how this kid keeps getting a shot when hes proven zero in the NBA….not sure why…plenty of hungry D-leaguers and overseas players that have a better skill set. They keep calling him a sharp shooter, yeah in college but Adam Morrison was deadly in college too, so was Trajan Langdon (compared with a Black guy too haha) but they didnt last in the A…

    Not hatin on the kid, just wondering out loud

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Trajan Langdon was great in college, I heard that he ended up having a pretty legendary career over in Europe.

  5. titansbro - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    I’d rather have the Jimmer-man than broke down Ray Allen at this point in his career. The Cavs should have went after him.

    • patsmiley - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:55 AM

      You must not watch much basketball

      • titansbro - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

        i really don’t

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      titansbro, you may have just earned yourself a spot in the Lakers front office with that comment.

      • titansbro - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        sweet, has to pay more than my current job

  6. loubearkane - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Good job Jimmer , have already lasted in the league longer than most.

  7. loungefly74 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Jimmer: classic college stud turned into NBA dud. zero translation. If he is lucky, he will hit some treys in an important game, ride that success, and end up an assistant for some team.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 18, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      In 2015 he will be a head coach making $6 million a year.

  8. blurocpurp - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    lol this dude is the great white hope. hes a garbage ball player! the game is more than shooting 3s smh

    • loubearkane - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      This kid is a spot up sharp-shooter , he needs someone to drive to the basket , break down the defense and kick out to him for a wide open 3. For the money he’s going to make yeah he’s worth it. Quit hating on the kid for getting another year in the league.

      • scoochpooch - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        there are thousands of players that can do that. see them in rec leagues all the time. The common denominator is that other than shooting prowess, they possess no other skillset – no defense, rebounding, etc.
        I won’t quit “hating” either. “Hating” = correct analysis.

      • loubearkane - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

        So just say “I’m Jealous”

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        In other words, James Jones.

      • loubearkane - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM


  9. 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    The Jimmer Show must go on!

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