The Sacramento Kings bought out Jimmer Fredette on Thursday night, and he is expected to clear waivers on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. At that point, the common belief seems to be that the former Brigham Young star will sign with the Chicago Bulls.
The Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson reported that the Bulls have kicked the tires on Caron Butler and Danny Granger, but that they turned their attention toward Fredette once he was waived. TNT’s David Aldridge reported that Fredette is “strongly leaning” toward signing with Chicago, so the interest appears mutual.
The Bulls are currently the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference despite their inability to score points consistently. They rank 30th in the NBA with an average of 92.9 points per game. Chicago allows only 92.3 points per game (2nd in the league), which has ultimately led to a 31-26 record.
Fredette has averaged only 7.0 points per game during his two-plus seasons in the NBA, but we all know he is capable of shooting the lights out when given space. He’s shooting 49.3% from 3-point range this year, so he could give Chicago a much-needed scorer if they utilize him properly. At just a prorated portion of the veteran’s minimum, Fredette could be a nice bargain for the Bulls.
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