Jimmer Fredette signs $1.8 million deal with Shanghai Sharks
Once one of the deadliest three-point shooters and scorers in the college game, Jimmer Fredette has decided that he won’t be making an NBA comeback just yet.
Fredette has reportedly agreed to a $1.8 million deal with the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association.
The Shanghai Sharks are bringing back China's scoring king Jimmer Fredette on a deal in $1.8M range, according to source.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) July 23, 2017
Fredette played in China for the Sharks last season for the first time. In 41 games, he averaged 37.6 points, 4.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds while hitting 39.6 percent of his 11.5 three-point attempts per game. It was all good enough for the league MVP award.
The success kept Fredette on the map of the basketball world, and he was eyeing an NBA comeback. But it seems he’s chosen royalty on the courts in China over a limited role in the NBA.
Former NBA players have increasingly been making appearances in the Chinese league. Stephon Marbury has made it his home as he’s reached meta-celebrity status overseas. J.R. Smith spent time there, as well as Michael Beasley. The numbers are always huge for NBA talents in China, and Fredette scored 73 points in a game once last season.
At just 28 years old, Fredette still has time to make an NBA comeback eventually. But it may be hard for him to leave behind being a star in China. In his four-year NBA career, his averages have just been 6.0 points and 13.4 minutes per game.