Jimmer Fredette signing 2-year deal with Phoenix
NBA insider Shams Charania of The Athletic recently announced some big news on Twitter involving former lottery pick Jimmer Fredette and the Phoenix Suns. According to Shams, the Suns have agreed on a deal with Fredette for a two-year contract:
Guard Jimmer Fredette has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Team option on second season for Fredette, who is returning to NBA once he receives his clearance from China.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 21, 2019
Fredette has been killing it for Shanghai Dongfang in the Chinese CBA this season, averaging an astounding 36.0 points (on 47.6 percent shooting), 5.0 three-pointers, 5.6 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.6 steals in 45 appearances for the squad. This is absolutely no fluke, as the 30-year-old has been putting up pretty much the same mind-boggling numbers in China over the past three seasons.
The timing of the deal is quite intriguing for the Suns, and might be an indication that they are in need of some warm bodies to close out the season.
Starting point guard Tyler Johnson has been out of commission for the past three games with a knee injury, and it was just recently announced that he will be unable to suit up yet again on Thursday against the Detroit Pistons.
Forward Kelly Oubre is also out against the Pistons, marking this his second consecutive absence due to a left thumb injury.
The recent signing of Fredette might be an indication that both guys may be looking at an extended spell on the sidelines.
Fredette played five seasons in the NBA prior to moving to China in 2016. The former 10th overall pick possesses career averages of 6.0 points, 0.8 three-pointers, 1.0 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.