The New Orleans Pelicans have dealt and are still dealing with numerous injuries during a disastrous 0-6 start, and now the Pelicans are bringing back Jimmer Fredette with their hardship exception, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.
Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole are still out for New Orleans, and Jrue Holiday remains limited as he recovers from his leg issues. Nate Robinson and Ish Smith were brought in before the season to help at point guard, but Robinson was quickly waived and replaced by Toney Douglas on the roster. Douglas has put up some decent numbers, but he’s a career journeyman.
Meanwhile, Smith hasn’t played particularly well. The 27-year-old is handing out 7.5 assists per game, but he’s shooting only 32.8 percent overall and 30.8 percent from three.
Fredette was waived by the San Antonio Spurs during camp and had recently signed with the D-League’s Westchester Knicks. The former BYU star played with the Pelicans last season, and he was mostly bad. The 26-year-old averaged 3.6 points and 1.2 assists while shooting 38 percent overall and 18.8 percent from three in 50 games.
That the Pelicans are turning back to Fredette shows what kind of dire situation they’re in. He certainly won’t help the defensive woes, and he hasn’t proven to be an impact player on offense either, although he’s still a career 38.1 percent shooter from three despite the disaster of last year.