SACRAMENTO — Jimmer Fredette left the Warriors’ summer league team and will not be with Golden State in the Las Vegas Summer League as he considers other options.
Fredette played in the first two games for the Warriors in the California Classic in Sacramento. Fredette informed the team on Tuesday night that he would not play in the third and final game on Wednesday.
“I spoke with him last night,” Warriors summer league coach Aaron Miles said. “He said he wasn’t … was kind of over it. I guess his agent has spoken with our people, so I called him and thanked him for his time. His reasoning is his reasoning. I’m glad he had a chance to come and impact us.”
“He still can play,” Miles added. “I think he should do whatever he feels is best for him and his family … I don’t know his situation, but he definitely has a lot of basketball left.”
After scoring 14 points and grabbing seven rebounds in Golden State’s opener on Monday night against the Sacramento Kings, Fredette went 2 for 6, including 0 for 2 from 3, and scored five points in 16 minutes during a 100-90 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
During that loss, Fredette made a crowd-pleasing spin move on a Laker defender but missed the layup. He later drew a technical foul for taking out his frustration on an official late in the game.
Fredette, 30, was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. He has played a total of 241 NBA games for five different teams and averaged 6.0 points and 37.2% 3-point shooting. Fredette led the Chinese Basketball Association in scoring with 36.9 points per game and set a league record with 219 3-pointers last season with the Shanghai Sharks.
In Sacramento with Golden State, Fredette shot 1 for 7 from 3-point range during his two games.
The Warriors wanted to take a look at players like Jacob Evans and Damian Jones, and draft picks Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall and Alen Smailagic.
“We had quite a few draft picks and roster guys on our team so he wasn’t able to play as many minutes,” Miles said of Fredette, who played 16 minutes in each of his games. “I’m not going to say he might’ve thought he should play [more] … I would imagine he would want to play a lot more minutes, but he was great in the minutes he played.”