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Jimmer Fredette signs D-League contract, per report

Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette has reportedly signed a contract in the NBA Developmental League and will enter the leagues draft this Saturday.

Former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette was recently released by the San Antonio Spurs, and with that move a lot of speculation was that Fredette would head to Europe to continue pro basketball. That may not be the case because according to D-League Digest, Fredette has signed a deal a NBA D-League contract. Signing a D-League contract allows the former lottery pick to be eligible for the leagues draft this Saturday.

This is a peculiar move because Fredette for sure would have teams over in Europe pay a lucrative contract for him to knock down three-point shots, but perhaps there is more to the situation. Some players feel making the move overseas is a step down and it also takes them far off of the radar of the NBA, whereas the D-League keeps players stateside and in the view of NBA scouts. There are also people who do not want to live in a foreign country and since Fredette is married this would be a big move for him and his family.

Money is likely not an issue since Fredette was picked No. 10 overall and has made a good living in the NBA, and that could be his motivation to join the D-League which pays much less than European contracts. Fredette would likely be one of the higher paid players in this league but that pays approximately $25,000 per season, and in addition to their base salaries, bonuses can be earned.

Here are details of contracts in the D-League.

– In addition to their base salaries, minor leaguers can earn bonuses pertaining to various accomplishments. The league’s Most Valuable Player earns a maximum $3,000 bonus.

– The league’s other award winners (such as Most Improved Player, D-League Impact Player, Defensive Player of the Year, the Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award recipient, and varied “All D-League” team selections) earn bonuses ranging from $1,000 to $1,500.

– In addition to respective life and health insurance benefits during the season, housing and in-season accommodations are provided, as well as a $40 per diem for meals while a player is traveling on the road with his team (players are allocated $30 during training camp).

– Players on successful teams can earn smaller bonuses ranging from $500 to $1,000 as their respective teams win a regular season conference championship, as well as win and/or make the D-League Finals.

– Early termination fees for players seeking some sort of opt-out in their contract midseason, in order to play for an international (or otherwise related) team, begin at $40,000.

– The D-League’s anti-drug (marijuana and other related substances) policy is very similar to that of the NBA’s, except for the fact that a minor leaguer’s contract can be terminated following the third offense.

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