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Jimmer Fredette Leaves Golden State Warriors Summer League Team

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Jimmer Fredette’s time in the NBA Summer League didn’t last long.

The legendary BYU player left the Warriors team after two games so that he doesn’t risk injury while considering whether or not he wants to make a return to overseas, according to the Bay Area News on Wednesday. (RELATED: Kevin Durant Will Sign With The Brooklyn Nets For $164 Million, Kyrie Irving Will Get $141 Million)

The move comes after Fredette was briefly on the Phoenix Suns at the end of last season following tons of success in China.

 

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The reality of the situation for Fredette is that he’ll never be a star in the NBA. It’s unfortunate given his unreal amount of success in college, but it’s true.

Could he find himself on a roster? Sure, but minutes would be incredibly limited, and he wouldn’t make a bunch of money.

The same can’t be said for his chances in China. In China, the prolific scorer is a star and he makes millions of dollars being arguably the face of the league.

For those of you who don’t know, the Chinese basketball league is one hell of a great league. It’s loaded with very good American players, the audience is huge and the money is really good.

Fredette was making nearly $2 million a year with the Shanghai Sharks, and foreign teams usually pick up whatever the tax bill might be.

It’s seriously good money and a great situation if you’re a high profile American.

 

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If I was Fredette’s agent, I’d tell him to head back to China and keep stacking up money. At this point, forget the NBA and enjoy being the face of a franchise in a global market like China.