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New Orleans Pelicans sign Jimmer Fredette with hardship exemption

Ish Smith and Jimmer Fredette are going to be going at it in practice. Today?

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmer Fredette is coming back to the Crescent City. The New Orleans Pelicans, ravaged by injuries, have been granted the hardship exemption to carry 16 players on the roster. Fredette was signed and then released by the San Antonio Spurs this summer who will still pay him over $500k despite not being on the roster for opening night. The former BYU point guard was the second selection in the D-League draft. Allan Houston, the general manager for the Westchester Kincks, has been mentoring Fredette during the D-League training camp.

In 50 games last season with the Pelicans Fredette struggled to find the range behind the arc, shooting just 18.8% from 3-point land. However, as a closer he was automatic, knocking down over 95% of his free throw attempts. Many of those shots were at the end of games where Monty Williams would sub in an ice cold Fredette who would confidently bury almost every attempt, shooting 19-20 in the fourth quarter alone.

There are concerns on Fredette's ability to accept coaching. This damning column from Yahoo Sports featured some serious issues that, if true, cannot be a good thing whatsoever. It will be interesting to see how Fredette fits into a shoot-first offense under Alvin Gentry. So far in his career Jimmer has been under the watch of defensive coaches in Mike Malone, Tom Thibodeau, and Monty Williams.

"Jimmer thinks everybody is stupid," said an NBA assistant who worked with Fredette. "He thinks everybody needs to come and just turn over their offense and let him shoot it anytime he wants. That's not how the league works."

In four NBA seasons Fredette is averaging 6.1 points and 1.4 assists in 13.7 minutes per game while shooting 41.2% from the field, 38.1% from 3-point range, and 87.8% at the charity stripe.