Well-traveled Jimmer Fredette has left the Warriors’ summer league team after only two games to minimize his chance of injury while he considers options overseas, the Bay Area News Group reported, citing unidentified league sources.
Fredette, 30, informed the Warriors of his plan after a loss Tuesday to the Lakers in the California Classic. He wasn’t with the team for Wednesday’s game in Sacramento against the Heat and won’t travel with the Warriors to the Las Vegas Summer League from July 5-15, according to the report.
“He still can play. I think he should still play,” said Warriors summer league coach Aaron Miles, who spoke with Fredette. “I should say this: I think he should do whatever he feels is best for him and his family. I know a lot of times as you get older, sometimes it’s more mental than physical. But I don’t know his situation. I don’t know what the reasoning behind it. But he definitely has a lot of basketball left.”
The veteran shooting guard — a prolific scorer who has struggled to find a home in the NBA because of his defense and ballhandling skills — had only 19 points in 41 minutes in the two games.
Those around the veteran insisted to the Bay Area News Group that he wasn’t unhappy with his role or play with the Warriors. Still, the Warriors have placed a higher summer league priority on players expected to be on their regular-season roster, including 2019 draft picks Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall and Alen Smailagic, second-year guard Jacob Evans and fourth-year center Damian Jones.
Fredette’s goal entering summer league play was to land on an NBA roster for next season, he said.
He changed his mind about his future in recent days when an undisclosed number of overseas teams expressed interest, according to the Bay Area News Group, which cited an unidentified NBA source familiar with Fredette’s thinking.
Fredette returned to the NBA near the end of the 2018-19 season after spending multiple years in China with the Shanghai Sharks. But he struggled in six games (3.7 points on 27.6 percent shooting in 10.8 minutes per game) with the Suns, who declined their option on him for 2019-20.
He also has played in the NBA with the Kings (2011-14), Bulls (2014), Pelicans (2014-15) and Knicks (2016).