Fredette leaves Warriors’ summer-league team
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.