Jimmer Fredette will be having a new team next season. But this time, it is not in the NBA. He will showcase his wares in the Chinese Basketball Association league in China.
Fredette is reportedly signing a one-year deal to play for Yao Ming’s team of Shanghai Sharks. The contract entails Jimmer to have a salary of “north of $1 million”. This is according to league sources that told Ian Begley of ESPN.
Jimmer is a first-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2011 NBA draft. He was immediately acquired by the Sacramento Kings in a trade. This deal involves players such as John Salmons, Beno Udrih, Shaun Livingston, Corey Maggette and Stephen Jackson going to different NBA teams.
While playing in the NBA, Fredette did not particularly have a memorable season. This is because he bounced around to different teams. It started when his contract was bought out by the Kings in the 2013-2014 season. This is just his third season in the league.
He was then signed by the Chicago Bulls for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Jimmer Fredette last played for the New York Knicks last season. He had career averages of 6.0 points per game, 1.0 rebounds per game, 1.4 assists per game and 0.4 steals per game. He is also a career 38% shooter from beyond the arc.
Playing in the CBA could be the last hope of Jimmer in finding his way back to the NBA. This is because, at 27-years-old, he needs to have a good showing in China. It is important for him to put up decent numbers such as recording double-doubles or triple-doubles for his team since the league is made up of mostly Asian players.
It is also worth noting that Jimmer was once a standout in college, and now he is finding it hard to stuck in an NBA team.
The CBA league is not that competitive in which former NBA players could really make an impact there. This league is notable for signing former NBA players such as Stephon Marbury, Greg Oden, Gilbert Arenas and so on.
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