Jimmer Fredette has left the Golden State Warriors Summer League team, while Eric Mika earned a spot in the starting lineup with the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.
Fredette played just two games with the Warriors before deciding to explore his options elsewhere. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Fredette informed the team he was leaving following Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Mercury News also said that Fredette had received an increased interest from overseas teams. He has played the past two seasons in the Chinese Basketball League.
In two games with the Warriors, Fredette averaged 9.5 points and shot 44 percent from the field in 16 minutes per contest. He was just 1 of 8 from the 3-point line in the two games.
“He can still play. I think he should still play,” Warriors summer league coach Aaron Miles told the Mercury News. “I should say this – I think he should do whatever he feels is best for him and his family. I know a lot of times as you get older, sometimes it’s more mental than physical. But I don’t know his situation. I don’t what was the reasoning behind it. But he definitely has a lot of basketball left.”
Mika started for Sacramento in the Kings’ 99-97 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday. He finished with 10 points in 26 minutes, making just 2 of 9 from the field but getting to the line (6 of 8) and grabbing 12 rebounds with two assists and two turnovers.
Mika and the Kings will move on to the Las Vegas Summer League, which begins Friday. Sacramento takes on a pro team from China on Saturday at 9 p.m. MT (NBA TV). Also in action in Las Vegas is former Cougar Elijah Bryant, who has earned an opportunity to play with Milwaukee. The Bucks open in Las Vegas with a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at 1:30 p.m. MT on Friday (ESPN2).