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Report: Jimmer Fredette will sign with Bulls when he clears waivers

Mar 1, 2014, 9:29 AM EDT

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We told you a couple days ago this was likely coming. Apparently it is now all but official.

When Jimmer Fredette clears waivers at 5 p.m. Sunday he will sign with the Chicago Bulls he has told team management, reports Sam Amick of USA Today.

Fredette spent three seasons with the Kings but never found a steady role there. Sacramento tried to trade him at the deadline but couldn’t even secure a second round pick for his services. So the two sides negotiated a buyout.

Because he was waived before March 1 he is eligible to join the Bulls playoff roster.

Chicago could use the scoring, which is why they want him. Fredette is shooting 49.3 percent from three this season and knocks down 55.9 percent of his catch-and-shoot attempts. Fredette is not as good when he has to create his own shot. It will be interesting to see how much run he gets come the playoffs as he is a defensive liability and this is Tom Thibodeau’s team we’re talking about. They certainly have the players and system to absorb a weak defender just for scoring purposes, but how many minutes he get will be interesting to see.

Looks like we will see it starting next week.

  1. prareedoggin - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Damn Miami

  2. 2016olympics - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Bang Biscuit!

  3. stayhigh_247 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    as long as he can consistently hit the 3 lets do it. this move might pay off next season mores than now.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      Exactly as he doesn’t create his own shot well… If D Rose comes back healthy and uses the dribble penetration, he’ll be able to draw defenders in and then kick it out to the Jimmer…

      Since D Rose is on sabbatical, I agree that it should work out better next season…

      Go Bulls!

  4. jcmeyer10 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Well Ben Gordon single handedly forced like 7 overtimes in that series against the Celtics so I reckon having a dead eye shooter from three won’t hurt. Especially with a coach who has proven (take notes Mike Brown) to get guys to play D.

  5. pudgalvin - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Thibs has shown he really only needs Jo and a decent wing defender to still do what he wants on defense against all but the 3 or 4 best in the league.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      We missed him in Boston when Doc was around. Stevens had the D going early but losing takes its toll on effort.

  6. csbanter - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Good pickup by Chicago, coach Thibs should get serious consideration for coy. Fredette,Dunleavy,Augustin they have some good shooters in Chi.

  7. fnc111 - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    The entire bulls roster is an offensive liability.

    • gmsingh123 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Does Mark Cuban agree?

  8. pudgalvin - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Also, how to end up with a terrible team: Pick in the top 10 five years in a row, have 3 of those picks off your team in year 6. The Kings could have a lineup up Steph Curry, Cousins, Kawhi Leonard, Andre Drummond and Mclemore each night. At least they have Isiah Thomas I suppose.

  9. crillbill - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I really think the bulls may pull a big upset this year. They are really playing well lately and this addition helps.

    I’m not a bulls fan but what thibs is doing is amazing.

    • belleby123 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      If Tony Snell and Jimmy Butler can consistently score in double digits–and I’m not sure they can–the Bulls are going to be very tough to beat. I think that with Fredette and Dunleavy on the court the outside shot will also be a consistent threat for the first time in about a hundred years. I’m at least glad that Gar/Pax made some kind of move to make them more competitive although it does look like just a consolation prize for trading away the one player that embodies ever philosophy they have about the game of basketball.

      • sportsfan18 - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:54 PM

        “the outside shot will also be a consistent threat for the first time in about a hundred years” you say?

        One Kyle Korver was on the Bulls two seasons ago and the season before that.

        He knocked down the threes very well, 42% the first yr (rounded) and 44% the next season (rounded).

        Korver has lead the league before in 3 pt percentage and the Bulls had him not long ago…

      • gmsingh123 - Mar 2, 2014 at 7:51 AM

        Korver has performed better, setting records, on the Hawks than he did on the Bulls. And one guy is easier to defend than two guys.

    • 1forest1 - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Not enough pieces for a big upset. I seriously doubt even Thibs can get past the second round with his current team.

      Great Defense only takes you so far, you’re going to need a consistent offense to contend

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