Jimmer Fredette to Knicks: Latest Contract Details and Reaction

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2016

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jimmer Fredette drives with the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 120-105.(AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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The New York Knicks have signed point guard Jimmer Fredette from their D-League affiliate to a 10-day contract, the team announced on Monday.

Ian Begley of ESPN.com and Sam Amick of USA Today were first to report the agreement.

On Sunday, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports also provided a statement from Fredette ahead of confirmation of the deal:   

Fredette, a former first-round pick who's played parts of five years in the NBA, is a career 41.1 percent shooter over the course of tenures with the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans

The former BYU Cougars standout won D-League All-Star Game MVP last weekend, and Tuesday he reiterated his intent to return to the NBA, per Marc Berman of the New York Post:

I feel I’ve definitely proven I can still play and provide something for a team out there. I’ve shown that. And I’m definitely confident if I do get an opportunity, I’ll be able to produce. The D-League has helped me to get better and develop as a basketball player. I hope there’ll be a team that takes notice and gives me a chance.

Begley reported Fredette will join the team early next week, filling an open roster spot, and terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

New York also gave consideration to Tim Frazier for the final slot, per Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, as he was waived Thursday by the Portland Trail Blazers

The Pelicans waived Fredette in November after he played just 13 minutes over four games. The team had signed him amid injury woes soon after the San Antonio Spurs waived him in mid-October.

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Fredette then landed with the Westchester Knicks, who selected him with the D-League No. 2 overall pick a week before he signed with New Orleans, and has found a resurrection of sorts. 

In 28 games with Westchester, Fredette is averaging 22.3 points and 4.8 assists while connecting for 47.4 percent from the floor and 40.4 percent on three-pointers. 

Here is a look at his highlights from last week’s D-League All-Star Game, courtesy of the NBA D-League:

Fredette, 26, climbed to fame during his 2011 run with BYU, powering the Cougars to the Sweet 16 while leading the nation in scoring as the consensus National Player of the Year.

Whether it's his likable personality or the nature of his topsy-turvy career, Fredette has always drawn widespread media attention well above his caliber of play. As Marc Stein of ESPN.com noted after Friday’s news broke, the reaction in the social realms seemed excessive:

Fredette's success hasn’t translated well to the pros, as he’s averaged just 6.0 points and 13.5 minutes in 233 games, but he’s a career 38 percent shooter from beyond the arc and could create some spark off the bench. 

He’ll also fit within the Knicks’ triangle offense with the ability to shoot from the corner and create open space to the rim. And he'll be a hit at Madison Square Garden with a New York-sized reputation and the ability to get on a roll from deep.

But after spending a bulk of the season in the D-League, Fredette's capacity for development seems minimal. However, some have argued he’s simply been the victim of the various systems in which he’s played. By playing in the triangle under interim head coach Kurt Rambis, Fredette may be in the midst of a minor revival with a struggling team clinging onto hope of reaching the playoffs.