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Report: Bulls and Cavaliers interested in Jimmer Fredette

Feb 27, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls v Sacramento Kings

Jimmer Fredette, who will soon be bought out by the Sacramento Kings, doesn’t run an offense well, and he’s too small to play shooting guard regularly – though he defends both backcourt positions poorly, anyway. There’s a reason the Kings didn’t pick up the fourth-year option on his rookie contract and are buying him out now.

But he has one definite NBA-caliber skill: 3-point shooting.

So, it makes sense two of the league’s worst outside-shooting teams want to sign him.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are the latest teams to register interest in free agent-to-be Jimmer Fredette, according to sources close to the process.

The Cavaliers rank 21st in the NBA in 3-point percentage (35.2), and the Bulls are 27th (34.1). Fredette won’t solve all the problems of either team, but he helps an area of need. Both would do well to sign him.

For Fredette, it seems the Bulls – who could sign him for the rest of the season without exceeding the luxury-tax line thanks to a trade made, coincidentally, with the Cavaliers – would be more appealing.

For one, Luol Deng just went from Chicago to Cleveland and has reportedly found the change disorientating due the drop in organizational quality. The Bulls are also much more likely than the Cavaliers to make the playoffs.

In the long term, maybe Tom Thibodeau could improve Fredette’s defense to the point he gets a contract next season. Mike Brown returned to Cleveland with the promise of fixing the Cavaliers’ defense, but they’ve struggled on that end for most of the season. The Bulls, on the other hand, rank second in defensive rating despite so much roster flux. Ideally, Thibodeau could provide the developmental coaching Fredette didn’t receive in Sacramento.

  1. R. Edmond - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    March Madness is gearing up and I still remember Jimmer hitting those exciting, far-out threes years ago.

    If I were Jimmer, I’d go to Chicago. If Thibs can teach him to play some defense, he’ll be okay. I wouldn’t go near the mess that is Cleveland.

  2. chicagosports2014 - Feb 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    If I were Jimmer, I’d go to Chicago also.

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Dude can shoot no question, but at the expense of defense, and no PG skills – (handle/vision)?

    Not worth it.

    • juicyjwebb - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      It does if you need three-point shooting. Not to mention Jimmer is still young, and with the right coach could be a very decent player.

      • juicyjwebb - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        It is*

  4. deavn - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Come to CLE Jimmer! We need some SG firepower since Waiters and Miles are injured.

    • tomtravis76 - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Only way to fix Cleveland Cavs issues is to get a new owner. Players saw how Gilbert treated LeBron. The players look up to and respect LeBron for not only his game but what he means to the history of the game. Gilbert treated LeBron like he was his property, doesn’t sit well in the eyes of any black man, or most people in general.

      • bougin89 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        What are you talking about? Gilbert treated Lebron like a king in Cleveland…

        Gilbert acted immature and regrets his rant after “the decision” but you could see why he felt so burned after the way Lebron left.

  5. dablakdrphil - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Everyone said the same exact thing about JJ Reddick…saying he can’t defend and can only shoot the 3…but over time throughtout his career he learned how to play defense and team defense, he also became a better passer. So it’s possible for Jimmer to still learn and develop those skills set, will he want to wll be the question. You have to put the work ethic and time in to become a bette NBA Player

  6. 00maltliquor - Feb 27, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Come on Chicago!!! Great spot for good ol’ Jimmer!

  7. belleby123 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Hey Jimmer! Luol Deng called and said stay the hell out of Cleveland.

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