Jimmer Fredette has just landed himself another chance to prove himself in the NBA. Today he signed a training camp deal with Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs. NBA Guru Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted:
Free agent guard Jimmer Fredette is finalizing a training camp deal with the San Antonio Spurs, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 22, 2015
Fredette has spent his last few years buried on the bench with the Sacramento Kings, the Chicago Bulls, and the New Orleans Pelicans but is looking to earn more playing time in the NBA instead of heading to Europe and a key role with Olimpia Milano.
The deal seams to be a win-win for both parties as the Jimmer looks to make one last push in the NBA and Coach P has a track record of taking role-players and making them shine. The Spurs lost a couple of shooters in free-agency and always seem to have shooters in the rotation. One of the most interesting aspects of the signing will be to see the interaction between Jimmer and Kawhi Leonard. The two players had a number of epic battles as the BYU Cougars and San Diego State Aztecs battled each other year after year. Jimmer usually won the battle on the college court but has been unable to find his spot in the NBA. Leonard has become a key member of the Spurs in the last few years.
Jimmer has only averaged 13.7 minutes a game over his career and is averaging 6.1 points on 41% shooting. Last year he took the fewest number of shots and three pointers for his career and shot a low percentage but overall he is at 38% from behind the arc for his career. If he can make an impact and earn a season contract on the bench with the Spurs, not only can he prove that he belongs in the league, but the Spurs can continue their run through the playoffs. It appears that the Spurs will give him a chance based on another tweet by Wojnarowski:
Spurs are searching hard for shooters, plan to give Fredette a chance to make roster. Deal includes modest financial guarantee, sources said— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 22, 2015