Jimmer Fredette couldn’t win over a series of coaches — Paul Westphal, Keith Smart, Mike Malone and Tom Thibodeau —to give him big minutes in Sacramento or, late last season, Chicago.
He’s going to get one more chance.
The New Orleans Pelicans need a shooter to replace Anthony Morrow and they are going to give Fredette a chance with a one year deal, something first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN. This would be for the league minimum.
Without a doubt, Fredette can shoot the rock, he’s a career 40 percent from three. The problem is at the other end of the court — the second he steps on the court other teams go at his defense. That is what glues him to the bench. The Bulls desperately needed shooting last season but Thibodeau wouldn’t trust him enough to put him out there for extended stretches.
Fredette has gotten another chance. The Pelicans are a good team and one in need of a marksman. We’ll see if the rest of Fredette’s game has improved to the point he can show off that shooting skill set.