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Report: Jimmer Fredette “strongly leaning” toward Bulls

Feb 27, 2014, 10:05 PM EDT

Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette can shoot the ball. The Chicago Bulls could use some guys to bring them points.

It looks like the two sides will get together.

Fredette was officially bought out by the Kings and waived on Thursday. When he clears waivers this weekend it looks like he is heading to the Windy City. First, there is this from NBA.com’s (and TNT’s) David Aldridge.

Then there is this from K.C. Johnson at the Chicago Tribune.

On a fluid day in which they also reached out to the camps of Danny Granger and Caron Butler, the Bulls zeroed in on signing Jimmer Fredette, who agreed to a buyout from the Kings on Thursday.

If Fredette clears waivers as expected Saturday, the Bulls are hopeful to sign him to a prorated portion of the veteran’s minimum.

Fredette is shooting 49.3 percent from three this season and knocks down 55.9 percent of his shots on catch-and-shoots. As a floor spacer working off the ball he does well. He also is a serious defensive liability but the Bulls have the players and system to cover that a little. Also, Fredette is not good at creating his own shot, but if he plays in the system, works off the ball and just shoots the rock he’s going to look good in Chicago. And get himself a better payday next season.

  1. sportsfan18 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    You know, if the Bulls had a healthy D Rose to dribble and penetrate…

    Sorry, I was dreaming again…

    D Rose would either be able to finish or kick it out to a pretty good catch and shoot outside shooter…

    • chicagosports2014 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:31 AM

      Always been a fan of Jimmer, dude can shoot and got handles!

      • cbking05 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Love handles….cuz i know you ain’t talking about basketball. Dude can shoot…that’s all.

      • chemeute - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        The dude does have handles. He can create his own shot. His problem the last few years is that he has been on a horrible team with bad coaches and selfish players. We’ll see him have success now that he can leave for a better team. I’m not saying he is an elite player but he will do well.

    • belleby123 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      Rose is still dribbling–when he drinks beverages sitting on the bench. You can fill in the blanks on the other part.

  2. apkyletexas - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    The Bulls had a guy who could shoot, named Deng.

    Who they traded. For Bynum. Who they released. To save money and lose games.

    Then they didn’t lose games.

    Now, six weeks later, they want a shooter. To get better.

    Schizophrenia reigns in Chicago, everywhere but on the court. I’m rooting for the players, but the management is disgusting.

    • stayhigh_247 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM

      indeed, Gar Forman sucks!

    • mcjon22 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      Yeah, because paying the luxury tax, handicapping the teams future moves, all just to get beat in the second round of the playoffs was what they should have done instead of trading Deng, not paying the luxury tax, getting 2 1st round picks, and still getting beat in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

      SMH. Some people just don’t get it

      • apkyletexas - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:03 AM

        Oh I get it alright – I get that the Bulls management tried to gut the team midseason by tossing aside the best healthy player for a guy they wanted to cut and draft picks.

        If they wanted a shooter and some draft picks, January 7th would have been a great time to pick up a shooter and some draft picks, instead of Bynum.

        Any way you want to justify it, this management group tried to tank games with that deal in January. Their only problem is that the players wouldn’t go along with it, and have continued to win at a decent clip.

      • jeffkx - Feb 28, 2014 at 4:33 AM

        Bulls didn’t get two 1sts. Bulls got two 2nds, a 1st the Cavs got from Sacramento that may turn into another 2nd if the Kings don’t make the playoffs the next few seasons (which is looking possible), and a lottery protected swap in 2015 with the Cavs. So it’s a good chance the Bulls may get three seconds and a chance to swap picks in 2015 with the Cavs, provided the Cavs make the playoffs which at the moment doesn’t look good. So there’s a good chance it will be three 2nds.

        So before you “SMH. Some people just don’t get it” you should probably get your facts straight yourself.

    • jnoah13 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Deng was never a great shooter. I think he averaged 34-36 percent. The reality is that overpaying role players is the fastest way to mediocrity. should we have resigned lucas, a terrible efficiency player? no. i did love him in that one heat game. same goes for nate (acl) korver (way overpaid) brewer (terrible on every other team hes played on) omer (whiny baby with giant contract), watson shot like 37% in a bulls uniform.

      Face the facts that the bulls organization knows how to draft well, and pay the right role players and make a solid team, EVERY year. cant help that rose got hurt, and theres nothing they could have done about it

      • jnoah13 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        % from three*

      • redbaronx - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        @jnoah13 – I think a lot of people that comment don’t understand cap #’s. You’re absolutely right that overplaying role players is the fastest way to mediocrity. The Wizards did that for years with guys like Antawn Jamison/Caron Butler/Gilbert Arenas, none of whom you’d mistake for a franchise player.

        The really successful organizations like the Spurs, Bulls, and Pacers are very careful about overpaying, and while you could say that the Bulls and Pacers haven’t won recently, I think the Bulls were on the right track, and the Pacers certainly are.

        Losing Deng was a smart move. If Deng agreed to less money, fine. But he was asking for a lot (16 mil per season). Nothing wrong with that. It’s a free market. At the same time, the Bulls are also entitled not to pay that kind of money to a player in the latter half of his career who isn’t going to improve. They clear some cap space, and have more options to find a stronger starting 5 player to add to the mix.

        Knowing the Bulls, they’ll probably look for a long armed small forward to anchor the defense at the 3 spot right out of college.

      • casualcommenter - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        I don’t know if it’s because Deng played at Duke, but I see people all the time call him a great 3-point shooter when he’s not. He’s had one season shooting over 37% from 3 in his career, and he’s a career 33% 3-point shooter (slightly below average).

        Deng is very skilled in a lot of ways, but he’s nobody’s idea of a 3 shooter.

      • sportsfan18 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

        casual,

        I agree and I’m a Bulls fan. But Deng has shot OVER 37% twice in his career from 3 pt range.

        08/09 season he shot .400%

        09/10 season he shot .386%

        another season he rounded to 37% as he shot .367% and he shot .364% another year.

        So in just those four seasons, he averaged OVER 37% from 3 pt range.

        He is only a .331% career 3 pt shooter. That isn’t very good in this day and age in the league.

      • belleby123 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Deng is a decent shooter. He’s also the best defender of Lebron James in the history of the NBA. I get that sports fans are stupid: they think offense is more important than defense. It isn’t. Both the Pacers and the Heat have tried to mimic Thibs approach to defense and look where it’s taken them. Meanwhile, Bulls management has put progressively worse teams on the court during Thibs tenure. There’s no excuse, they are just poor competitors at the front office level. Larry Bird and Pat Riley seem to have the competitive edge for getting good players on their teams–how is this not obvious?

      • borderline1988 - Feb 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        I don’t put blame on the Bull’s management…they got screwed by Derrick Rose’s injuries. If he hadn’t been injured the last 2 years, the Bulls would’ve been a top-5 team in the NBA, and we would all be talking about how amazing the Bull’s management is.

        Both the Pacers and Heat would be gasping for air if Lebron/George went down with injury.

        And regarding your statement: “Larry Bird and Pat Riley seem to have the competitive edge for getting good players on their teams–how is this not obvious?”

        Bird and Riley are signing depth players for championship runs. They’re in a completely different situation than the Bulls..why would the Bulls want Bynum or Oden or any other veterans costing luxury tax payments on one or two year deals when they’re guaranteed to lose by the 2nd round of the playoffs?

        The Bulls have impressed me with their draft picks in the last 5 years…Butler (30th pick), Gibson (26th pick), Noah (9th pick), Rose (1rst), Asik (36th overall – traded on draft day to Bulls) – how many teams can boast drafting success like that? The only guy who was a surefire star was Rose

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      They had Kyle Korver… that’s who they should have kept… couple of yrs ago, he lead the NBA in 3 pt percentage.

      • belleby123 - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Yeah, and look how well Bellinelli is doing now.

    • cruzan80 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      First of all….Fredette is not POSSIBLY being signed to replace Deng. Deng is at this stage in his career a very good player making “star” money. He’s very injury prone & Jimmy Butler is basically Deng at SG. They’re going after Carmelo Anthony this summer. They can pay him $80 mil over 5 years & Anthony is already on record saying that he will take less money to play on a contender. They’re gonna amnesty Boozer, attempt to sign Melo & add other pieces to finally put together a complete team……or they can stand pat, surround Rose & Noah with average players & roll Rose out there again to get demolished by the Heat again.

    • cruzan80 - Feb 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      First of all….Fredette is not POSSIBLY being signed to replace Deng. Deng is at this stage in his career a very good player making “star” money. He’s very injury prone & Jimmy Butler is basically Deng at SG. They’re going after Carmelo Anthony this summer. They can pay him $80 mil over 5 years & Anthony is already on record saying that he will take less money to play on a contender. They’re gonna amnesty Boozer, attempt to sign Melo & add other pieces to finally put together a complete team……or they can stand pat, surround Rose & Noah with average players & roll Rose out there again to get demolished by the Heat.

  3. mcjon22 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    John Lucus III, Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli. Just a few journeymen players that under Thibs coaching, turned their careers around and got long term contracts from teams the following year.

    Why wouldn’t you want to go to the Bulls if you were this guy?

  4. 91devinhester23 - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    anyone who can shoot is a welcome sight

  5. coltssteve - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    I think we can all agree that Gar Forman is Jerry Krause 2.0!

  6. chemeute - Feb 28, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Hey Kurt Helin. Why don’t you ask Kawhi Leonard if Jimmer can create his own shot? He put up 43 on him. You may say that was in college but even still, Kawhi is an elite defender in the NBA and was surely elite in college as well. I think its hilarious how many times white guards are stereotyped as slow and cannot create their own shot.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

      It was in college — very different help defenses and schemes. Different game. Different players as well — Leonard has progressed far more. Fredette’s handles are not great for the NBA level and his shooting numbers show he doesn’t score that well when asked to do that. Look, the Kings tried to give Fredette away for a second round pick and couldn’t, I’m sorry if that doesn’t fit with your image of him.

      • cruzan80 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        Yes, because the Kings have been the model of success & Spurs are just a joke of an organization who never develop their young players like the Kings do…..got it.

  7. oasis511 - Feb 28, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I have no problem with Jimmer Fredette joining the team. He seems like a high-character guy and he obviously can shoot the ball well. The Bulls are a good enough team defensively to help cover his mistakes. The last time I watched Jimmer play was a game against New Orleans. He got completely lost on pick and roll situations and let Brian Roberts score six points on him in about five minutes. You also have to keep in mind that his turnover rate of 3.4 per-36 minutes would be the highest on the Bulls (Boozer is tops right now at 2.8). So as long as everyone tempers their expectations, I think he could be a great signing.

    My biggest fear is the Jimmer Maniacs showing up and demanding 30 minutes a game for him. With his contract set to expire at the end of the year anyway, you have to think that’s part of the reason Sacramento rushed to get rid of him.

    And if he works out, maybe just once the Bulls will actually keep a free agent role player.

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