I would like to preface this article by stating that this is not a report and is simply a hypothetical blog entry that is highly unlikely to happen.
Former Brigham Young University Cougar star had a highlight reel performance on Sunday in China.
Jimmer Fredette, a member of the Shanghai Sharks, dropped 75 points in a 137-136 loss to Beikong. 75 points and still lost? Sounds slightly familiar for Cavalier fans who watched LeBron James drag their favorite team to the NBA Finals last year.
While Fredette certainly isn’t LeBron, could Jimmer have a spot on the 2018-19 Cavs who are in full-blown tank mode? Maybe.
Rumors circling around the NBA Sunday night began stating that Cavs sharpshooter Kyle Korver could soon be on his way to the Philadelphia 76ers. While a trade is pending, Korver is bothered by a sore foot and likely won’t play on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Cavaliers will also likely be without shooting guard JR Smith who is listed as questionable with a sickness.
With both Korver and Smith sidelined and on the trade block, maybe Fredette would make the 16-hour flight to Cleveland to provide some spot-up shooting.
So, the Cavs clearly need shooting and spacing and Fredette can bring that to the table. He was 7-10 from three-point range in the 750point Chinese spectacle.
Interestingly enough, when Fredette faced a buyout from the Sacramento Kings in 2014, the Cavaliers were one of the teams that were in pursuit for him. Ultimately, he would bounce around the NBA between the Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks before falling out of the NBA in 2016.
The former lottery pick, Fredette, never panned out in the NBA because of the ringing limitations to his game. At times, Fredette was an extremely streaky shooter and was a below-average defender.
It’s no secret that the Cavs are in rebuild mode, they can trade Korver and Smith for late draft picks and let Fredette run around and toss up some threes while securing that No. 1 overall draft pick.
Nick Pedone, who fully understands there’s probably no chance of the Cavaliers (or any other NBA team) signing Jimmer Fredette, can be reached on his Twitter, @NickPedone12. Photo: Associated Press