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Jimmer Fredette signs with New Orleans Pelicans, but stay in Big Easy could be short

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jimmer Fredette (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jimmer Fredette (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
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It didn't take long for former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette to get back in the NBA.

The former BYU guard, who was selected second overall by the Westchester Knicks in the NBA D-League Draft Oct. 31 as he tries to get his basketball career back on track, signed with the New Orleans Pelicans Monday under the hardship exception, according to Yahoo!'s Shams Charania.

According to a story by Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman last November, the hardship exception is in place for teams who have more than three players expected to be injured for longer than two weeks.

As such, it is likely that Fredette's stay in the Big Easy will be temporary.

The 0-6 Pelicans have five injured players. New Orleans Times-Picayune's John Reid reports that Fredette wasn't at practice, but the Pelicans are applying for the hardship waiver.

Fredette most recently played in the NBA with the Pelicans, appearing in 50 games a season ago. He went through training camp with the San Antonio Spurs before being waived just prior to the start of the season.

He had been selected by the Westchester Knicks in hopes that he'd eventually join the New York Knicks at some point this season.

Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.