Jimmer is ba-aaack. Like the honey badger that somehow escapes its caged predicament time and again, the former BYU star has somehow made it back to the New Orleans Pelicans. Whatever you do though, do not cue the foreboding music, gosh darn it.
How did Jimmer manage to return to his old stomping grounds, you say? Well, the Pels apparently had a need for a shooter like Jimmer–considering they have five players (!!!) currently on the shelf. So what if the kid with the cherubic face and eternal chubby cheeks can’t play defense. So BYU fans rejoice, your boy is coming back to the Big Easy.
Au contraire, mon freres. Before everyone starts high fiving each other and fist pumping, throwing Jimmer-Is-Back-In-The-NBA parties complete with buckets of crawdads at their cribs, there is bad news.
Jimmer’s stay in New Orleans may be short lived, because he isn’t exactly signing a long-term deal. Nope, the honey badger of the NBA whose career cannot be killed no matter what people do or say–will be with the Pelicans on what is called a hardship exception.
Is that similar to a mid-level exception? Not even, bro. While the mid-level exception is reserved for NBA teams who want to avoid getting hit with a luxury tax and who are actually under contract, look at Jimmer’s current deal as one that is seriously temporary–unless something unfortunate happens.
Unless Jimmer sneaks into the house of at least one or more injured Pelicans players with a ball peen hammer and a sidekick similar to Jeff Gillooly, you can kiss this guy goodbye as soon as any two players of the injured five heal up. And so, as you probably surmised, the hardship exception is given to teams who have five or more injured players.
Count New Orleans as one of those afflicted with the injury bug and Jimmer, the ultimate NBA honey badger, as a beneficiary. As such, the former BYU star entered the game Tuesday night versus Dallas in the fourth quarter.
His return to the Big Easy was much like his time in the city before, fairly uneventful. “Jimmer Fredette in game, but misses his first attempt from behind the 3-point line,” tweeted New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter John Reid.
But then, like all great honey badgers, Jimmer made Reid eat his words–with a little bit of hot sauce. The former BYU star knocked down his second shot against the Mavs, finishing with two points on 1-for-3 from the field in five minutes.
Is this outing going to propel Pelicans management to sign Jimmer right away? No, but it might give them the bright idea to play him more minutes, giving him yet another opportunity to silence his critics and escape his current predicament as a man without a contract.