Fre­dette leaves Warriors’ sum­mer-league team

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Mark Me­d­ina, Mercury News

SACRAMENTO — Af­ter play­ing in only two sum­mer-league games, Jim­mer Fre­dette left the Golden State Warriors’ sum­mer-league team to min­i­mize the chance of in­jury while weigh­ing var­i­ous over­seas op­tions, league sources told Bay Area News Group.

Fre­dette in­formed the Warriors about their plans af­ter the team’s loss to the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers on Tues­day. He was not with the team for Wed­nes­day’s game against Mi­ami and will not travel with the Warriors for Las Ve­gas Sum­mer League from July 5-15. Fre­dette also spoke with Aaron Miles, the Warriors’ sum­mer-league coach.

“I wish him well,” said Miles. “I wasn’t sure ex­actly what was go­ing on with him. But I def­i­nitely know he has a lot of bas­ket­ball left in him.”

Those around Fre­dette in­sist he was not up­set with his role or play. But he av­er­aged 9.5 points on 44 per­cent shoot­ing in 20.5 min­utes in two games, while the Warriors placed higher pri­or­ity on the play­ers ex­pected to be on their reg­u­lar-sea­son ros­ter. That in­cluded three draft picks (Jor­dan Poole, Eric Paschall, Alan Smailagic), sec­ond-year guard Jacob Evans and fourth-year cen­ter Damian Jones. Fre­dette also col­lected a tech­ni­cal in Tues­day’s loss to the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers amid frus­tra­tion over a foul call.

Be­fore Sum­mer League play be­gan, Fre­dette ex­pressed hope in land­ing on an NBA ros­ter af­ter fail­ing to last long in stints with the Sacramento Kings (2011-14), Chicago Bulls (2014), New Or­leans Pel­i­cans (2014-15) and the New York Knicks (2016). Fol­low­ing an NBA GLeague stint in New York (2015-16) and play­ing over­seas in China with the Shanghai Sharks (2016-19), Fre­dette re­turned to the NBA last sea­son with the Phoenix Suns only to have his team op­tion de­clined.

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