Jimmer Fredette's stint with the New York Knicks will be brief, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
Recently signed to a 10-day contract thanks to a strong showing for the Knicks' Developmental League affiliate in Westchester, Fredette won't be extended, per the New York Post's Marc Berman.
ESPN.com's Ian Begley confirmed New York won't re-sign the 27-year-old guard.
Fredette played only five minutes in two games and is expected to be relegated to the D-League once again. The 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft and former BYU star continues to struggle finding his place in the Association.
The most memorable moment of Fredette's short time in the Big Apple came when he put up a garbage-time three-pointer just before the buzzer in a 104-85 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday.
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Blazers big man Meyers Leonard fouled Fredette hard, but that desperation heave doesn't look as bad in retrospect. All he was trying to do was make the most of the minimal minutes New York interim coach Kurt Rambis offered.
At least Fredette and Leonard reconciled via Twitter afterward:
Jimmer Fredette @jimmerfredette
No worries at all bro! Appreciate that but it's all in the moment. Good luck the rest of the year. https://t.co/1uQEup4sbB3/2/2016, 4:13:18 AM
Fans at Madison Square Garden did see Fredette hit a three-pointer in a loss to the Toronto Raptors on February 22, but that was the only other notable highlight they witnessed from him.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported Wednesday the Knicks are considering signing either Ray McCallum or Tim Frazier to bolster their backcourt depth in light of Fredette's abrupt departure.
Even though his latest bid for the NBA fell short, Fredette may yet get several more opportunities elsewhere if he continues his strong D-League play.
Per NBA.com, he is averaging 21.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting—including 40.5 percent from three-point range—to go with 4.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals per contest this season.
Fredette can run the point and can make up for average athleticism by creating plays off the dribble, thanks largely to the threat he poses as a magnificent perimeter shooter. That skill set should at least keep the door ajar for an NBA return in the coming years.
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