Cleveland Cavaliers Signing Jimmer Fredette as Kyrie Irving’s Backup?
The three-point shot reigns supreme in the today’s NBA. The Cleveland Cavaliers know this and are now looking for quality shooters who can help stretch the floor on offense. One name that pops to mind is former Brigham Young University sensation Jimmer Fredette.Advertisement
The 6-foot-2 combo guard had a similar reputation in college as former Davidson phenom Stephen Curry. However, Fredette was unable to translate his game into the pros. The Cavaliers could give him another shot at NBA glory by offering him a backup role behind starting point guard Kyrie Irving.
According to King James Gospel, Fredette’s consistent three-point shooting will put him above Mo Williams and Kay Felder in Cleveland’s point guard hierarchy. Furthermore, he will be a welcome addition to the team’s already impressive bench lineup, which recently added Mike Dunleavy to the fray.
Fredette is currently playing for the Denver Nuggets in the Las Vegas Summer League. In their game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, Fredette tallied 26 points, three assists and two steals. He went 9-for-18 from the field and made 4-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc.
After his 10-day contract with the Nuggets, Fredette will once again be available for interested NBA teams as a free agent. The 27-year-old New Yorker knows it will not be easy, but he is not fazed by the uphill battle in front of him.
“It’s tough for a lot of guys that are in the position I am, to get back into the league this way,” Fredette told The Salt Lake Tribune. “I just have to continue to work and keep my head down. I have to get in front of the guys, the coaches and the general managers and play well and hope to have a good time.”
However, if the Cavaliers choose to not pursue Fredette in free agency, at least they have rookie Felder to lean on off the bench. The former Oakland University standout is crafty and has drawn comparisons to the likes of Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas.
The 5-foot-9 playmaker impressed scouts during this year’s NBA Draft Combine by showcasing his 44-inch vertical. That’s the second best vertical in the history of the NBA combine.