New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has signed guard Jimmer Fredette from the NBA Development League’s Westchester Knicks to a 10-day contract. His signing marks the 20th NBA Gatorade D-League call-up of the season and the third Westchester player to New York over the past two seasons.
The signing was expected, as interim Knicks coach Kurt Rambis said the team planned to sign him at some point when he spoke with reporters this past Friday.
“Sometimes it takes players a few years to figure out how to adjust to the game and the NBA level, so we’ll see if he made those adjustments,” Rambis said.
Fredette, 6-2, 195-pounds, holds career averages of 6.0 points, 1.4 assists and 1.0 rebounds over 13.5 minutes in 233 games (seven starts) over five seasons with Sacramento, Chicago and New Orleans. He rejoined the Westchester Knicks, after being waived by the Pelicans on Nov. 19, 2015, and has averaged 21.8 points (fifth in the D-League), 4.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds over 36.2 minutes in 30 games. He earned MVP honors after a game-high 35 points in the D-League All-Star game in Toronto last weekend.
The Glens Falls, New York-native, was originally selected by Milwaukee with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft following his senior season at Brigham Young University. He hasn’t found a steady role since being drafted and has been with three NBA teams since that time.
Fredette said last week that he thought he had proven himself in the D-League and said he’s ready to produce in the NBA.
“I feel I’ve definitely proven I can still play and provide something for a team out there,” Fredette said. “I’ve shown that. And I’m definitely confident if I do get an opportunity, I’ll be able to produce. The D-League has helped me to get better and develop as a basketball player. I hope there will be a team that takes notice and gives me a chance.”
Fredette will be eligible for Monday’s home game against the Toronto Raptors and will be under contract for at least five games during the the duration of 10 days. At the end of the 10-day contract, the Knicks will have the option to sign Fredette to another 10-day contract. Once that second contract expires, the team would have to sign Fredette for the remainder of the season if it wants to keep him. NBA rules prohibit teams from signing a player to a third consecutive 10-day deal.
The signing of Fredette certainly doesn’t have Carmelo Anthony excited about the state of his team. Anthony chuckled when told Fredette is likely to be signed and didn’t even get his first name right.
“To be honest with you,” Anthony said, “I haven’t seen Jimmy play in a long time. I’ve been hearing about what’s he’s doing down there in the D-League but I haven’t seen him play in action for a long time.”
Carmelo smiled and playfully said to a reporter who told him they were getting somebody, “I thought you were telling me we were about to sign someone.”