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Report: Jimmer Fredette Signs With New Orleans Pelicans

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the New Orleans Pelicans will be signing free agent guard, Jimmer Fredette, to a one year deal.

Fredette has so far in his NBA career, struggled to find consistent playing time. Drafted by the Sacramento Kings, he was added to a roster already filled with shooters and ball handlers. Unable to find a role for him, he was designated to the bench. During last season, Fredette was waived by the Kings. This was finally Fredette’s chance to carve out a spot somewhere. He was picked up by the Chicago Bulls, leaving many to hope he could help Chicago’s dreadful shooting. It didn’t work for him either in Chicago, as Fredette only played 8 games. Despite his lack of playing time, Fredette’s efficiency numbers have increased every year he’s been in the NBA. On the other hand, his minutes have gone down every year as well. He’s only played over 1000 minutes in a season once, his rookie year. Fredette can help the Pelicans by already being one of the team’s best shooters. After losing Anthony Morrow in free agency, New Orleans needs a player that can fill that role. A three point shooter on the wing to help open up the floor for guys like Tyreke Evans to get to the rim. The contract is only a one year deal, making it low risk. If things don’t work out, the contract is easy to move or waive. New Orleans stayed busy tonight, re-signing small forward Darius Miller.

Last season Miller averaged 4 points and 16 minutes a game. He could find an opportunity to capitalize on a roster lacking wing forwards. His length on the perimeter, in particular, will be helpful.

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