SALT LAKE CITY – March and BYU means Jimmer Time.
Maybe in Phoenix too.
Jimmer Fredette, the former BYU star and first-round NBA top-scorer, is on his way to meeting with the NBA's Phoenix Suns over a potential deal, according to a report first released in Arizona by John Gambadoro ,
Fredette signed a two-year contract with the Chinese Basketball Association in 2016. He opted for a seven-figure deal with former Houston star Yao Ming-backed Shanghai Sharks after he had a journeyman in the NBA.
"Honestly, it's a clear view," Gambadoro told KSL Newsradio. "If they sign it, it would not be a 10-day contract and you'll probably only sign it until the end of the season.
"They have an open roster place and do not sign it because of an injury, it's just an unobstructed view, see if it suits Devin Booker as a shooter, the suns want guys who can knock down down shots … and for she makes sense of it. "
The suns meet tomorrow with former BYU star Jimmer Fredette, could sign for the rest of the season.
– John Gambadoro (@ Gambo987) March 21, 2019
Fredette scored an average of 36.0 points per game in 2018/19, with the sharks the fourth-highest in the league, according to RealGM. The 30-year-old shooter also had 5.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.6 steals per game and in Shanghai in a game 75 points.
"Jimmer may have improved his game in China, and by the age of 30, he may now be a better basketball player than a 25-year-old," said Gambadoro. "Here he has the chance to become a role-player, come down and knock down shots.Of course, defense will be a question – but how many NBA players honestly play defense? Not very many."
Gambadoro added that the Suns might see Fredette as a possible replacement for Troy Daniels, the 27-year-old shooter who scored 5.7 points on average for the Suns during the period 2018-19-19, but acts as a free agent at the end of the year ,
Fredette, the former Naismith National Player of the Year, who led BYU to the Sweet 16 in 2010/11, was the No. 10 Sacramento Kings after graduating. The 6-foot-2 guard from Glens Falls, New York, averaged 28.8 points (4.3 assists) and 3.4 rebounds per game as a senior, but had fewer after the rookie season with the Kings Productivity and playtime.
Fredette had an average of 7.8 points and 1.6 assists in his first season in Sacramento, but dropped to 6.0 points and 1.4 assists as he was released by the Kings and bounced around Chicago, New Orleans and San Antonio.
After being ranked 2nd in the NBA D-League Draft in 2015, Fredette spent one season – including a 10-day contract with New York Knicks.
The Suns (17-55) are trained by former Utah Jazz Assistant Igor Kokoskov.
Phoenix hosts the Detroit Pistons at 8pm. MDT Friday evening. The suns then travel to Sacramento on Saturday before facing jazz at 20.00. MDT Monday.