For the first time since leaving BYU as the school's all-time leading scorer, Jimmer is looking for a new NBA team.
"I have good interest, which is great," Jimmer said as his annual basketball camp in Provo. "I'm positive that I'll be on a team next year and I'm just looking forward to seeing which team that is. I'm just trying to find the best fit for me, and hopefully we'll found out some news in the next week or two and get things going."
His first 2 1/2 seasons in Sacramento were a nightmare. Fredette was never given a chance to play consistently and thus struggled. After the Kings waived Jimmer in February, the Chicago Bulls picked him up, but Jimmer had just one game with double-digit minutes as head coach Tom Thibodeau left him on the bench. Fredette didn't see a single minute of action in 22 games with the Bulls, including all five playoff games.
"The rotation was set and they were playing really good basketball," Fredette said. "It was something he didn't want to mess up. He wanted to keep that rotation in tact because they had been winning lots of games. But they liked me and felt it was too bad I wasn't able to play more. Sometimes that happens."
Jimmer may not be the most well-rounded player in the NBA, but he does one thing extremely well -- shoot 3-pointers. Jimmer made 48 percent of his 3-pointers last year (40-84), which if he would have had a few more attempts, would have led the NBA.
"I think that's why I've gotten a lot of interest in free agency because people realize that," he said. "I can score the basketball and that's something they're looking for -- shooting."
If an NBA team doesn't come calling, would Jimmer take his game overseas?
"I would be willing to, but I know that I'm going to be playing in the NBA next year," said Fredette, who is rumored to have been offered a spot with a top team in Greece. "I have lots of options, so I know that I'll be able to find a team so that's my goal. I wouldn't even consider that unless I absolutely had nothing else that I could do."
What about the local NBA team?
"Ha ha. So far no calls from the Jazz."
While that may make some Jazz fans happy, Jimmer will always be an icon in Provo. He continues to get swarmed by adoring fans wherever he goes.
"It's awesome to see the generations that continue to support me and be fans," he said. "I really appreciate that and that's why I continue to come back."
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