De’Aaron Fox is the latest Team USA recruit to opt-out of the running, leading up to the 2019 FIBA World Cup. According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, the 3rd-year pivot is withdrawing to focus on the Sacramento Kings' playoff push in the upcoming 2019-2020 season. While the Kings might be several playoff rungs off the pace in the new-look Western Conference, Fox, and his Kings teammates, specifically Marvin Bagley and Buddy Hield, put the league on notice by focusing on team chemistry to great avail.
With Fox giving up his spot, the Team USA now boasts Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma, Jaylen Brown, Harrison Barnes, Brook Lopez, Mason Plumlee, Marcus Smart, Myles Turner, Derrick White, and Joe Harris with a single roster cut hanging in the balance.
Although Fox was bound to play second fiddle to Kemba Walker within this Team USA group, scouts have been enthralled with his play throughout preparation camp, leading several pundits to project "combo" backcourt be placed out of sequence. But alas, coach Gregg Popovich opted to play Derrick White ahead of Fox in the rotation during Friday's exhibition with Spain, limiting De’Aaron Fox to 6 minutes of action. The writing was most certainly on the wall, from there on in.
Jimmer Fredette Parts Ways With Warriors Summer League Team: Report
Fredette was reportedly "over it."
Jimmer Fredette was one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball during his time with BYU and in 2011, he was drafted by the Sacramento Kings. Fredette was never able to make the impact he wanted in the NBA and eventually went overseas to play in China. Last season, the Phoenix Suns signed him to a one-year deal and more recently, he signed with the Golden State Warriors. Fredette recently played two games during the Warriors' Summer League campaign and according to ESPN, he has decided to leave the team.
Warriors Summer League head coach Aaron Miles says he spoke to Fredette who just didn't seem all that interested in being with the team anymore.
"I spoke with him last night," Mile explained. "He said he wasn't ... was kind of over it. I guess his agent has spoken with our people, so I called him and thanked him for his time. His reasoning is his reasoning. I'm glad he had a chance to come and impact us."
Fredette averaged 16 minutes of playing time in both games which could be part of the reason why he left. According to Miles, the Warriors had some prospects they wanted to get acclimated with which is what led to Fredette's low minute totals.
"I'm not going to say he might've thought he should play [more]," Miles said. "I would imagine he would want to play a lot more minutes, but he was great in the minutes he played."