Jimmer Fredette is reportedly returning to the NBA.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Fredette has agreed to a two-year contract with the Phoenix Suns. The second year on his contract is a team option, Charania notes.
Guard Jimmer Fredette has agreed to a two-year deal with the Phoenix Suns, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Team option on second season for Fredette, who is returning to NBA once he receives his clearance from China.- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 21, 2019
The No. 10 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Fredette has played a total of 235 games in the NBA over five seasons. He averaged a career-high 7.6 points and 1.8 assists per game as a rookie on the Sacramento Kings.
Fredette's last stint in the NBA was with the New York Knicks in 2015-16. He appeared in two games, playing a total of five minutes.
The 30-year-old has since played for the Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). According to RealGM, he was the league's fourth-leading scorer this season with an average of 36.0 points per game. He also made 5.0 3-pointers per game, putting him behind only Pierre Jackson for the most in the league.
Fredette was named MVP of the CBA last season.
Fredette has always been known for his ability to score, particularly from 3-point range. He joins a Suns team that ranks near the bottom of the league in scoring and is currently dead last in 3-point percentage.
By making the second year of his contract a team option, the Suns are giving Fredette an opportunity to prove he belongs in their final 10 games of this season.