NBA career likely over, report says
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After leaving the Golden State Warriors summer league team after playing only two games, Jimmer Fredette has signed with Greek team Panathinaikos, according to several news reports.
Varlas Nikos of Eurohoops first reported the two sides had agreed to a contract.
Tim Reynolds, who covers the NBA for the Associated Press, caught up with Fredette at the NBA’s Summer League.
Here is Reynolds’ report:
The 2011 lottery pick — he’s played for five different NBA teams not counting a preseason stint with San Antonio that didn’t work out, spent time in the G League and averaged 37 points per game for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association over the last three years — has signed with the Golden State Warriors for the summer league.
“I’ve had a lot of great opportunities in my life to go to a lot of cool places and play basketball and be successful and make great money and be able to play the game that I love,” said Fredette, who had a 75-point game for Shanghai last season. “So it’s been a true blessing for me and I’m continuing on my journey right now, just trying to push forward and see what happens and make the best of the situation I have.”
Fredette was the AP college player of the year for BYU in 2011, and now makes his home in his wife’s hometown of Denver. They have two children, the oldest not yet 3. Fredette doesn’t want to be away from his wife and kids for months at a time anymore, so he’s looking for a spot to play in the U.S.
Fredette returned to the NBA last season with the Phoenix Suns and appeared in six games.
Fredette left Summer League abruptly ahead of Golden State’s third game in the California Classic, according to Bleacher Report.
“I spoke with him last night,” Warriors summer league coach Aaron Miles told reporters. “He said he wasn’t … was kind of over it. I guess his agent has spoken with our people, so I called him and thanked him for his time. His reasoning is his reasoning. I’m glad he had a chance to come and impact us.”
The Bay Area News Group’s Mark Medina reported Fredette stepped away in order to avoid injury after receiving interest from teams overseas.
Fredette will turn 31 in February. By leaving the Warriors and moving to Greece, he likely closed the door on another NBA comeback, Bleacher Report writes.
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