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Report: Jimmer Fredette expected to return to Shanghai Sharks

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Phoenix Suns guard Jimmer Fredette (32) rests before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 25, 2019. The Jazz won 125-92.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Jimmer Fredette could be headed back to China to continue his pro career.

Sportando reported Wednesday that the former BYU star is expected to sign with his former team, the Shanghai Sharks, on a $1.6 million deal.

Fredette played for the Sharks from 2016-19, earning Chinese Basketball Association International MVP honors with the team in 2017.

The former Cougar sharpshooter most recently played for Panathinaikos in the Greek League, averaging 12.9 points, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals per game over 27 contests last season. 

In early July, Panathinaikos team president Takis Triantopoulos confirmed Fredette would not return to the team for the second of a two-year contract because of financial constraints brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Eurohoops.net.