Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Jimmer Fredette is set to sign with the Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers and reaching a buyout agreement with the Sacramento Kings this week.
Fredette, a former BYU sensation, is averaging just 5.9 points and 11.3 minutes in his third season.
He is shooting 47.5 percent from the floor and 49.3 percent from 3-point range.
While Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn’t confirm interest in Fredette, he admitted that they could use an extra shooter as his team is tied for 26th place in the league in 3-point percentage.
“I think the more shooting you have, the more it opens up the floor,” said Thibodeau. “We want to open things up where we could attack off the dribble with our cuts, things of that nature. But it’s also how you complement your primary scorers, so we feel that’s an area of need.”
Bulls forward Taj Gibson was excited about the possibility of adding Fredette when told of the buyout situation on Friday.
“I’ve seen that he’s got talent,” Gibson said. “It’s just that the team that he was on he never really got a chance to do much because they’ve got the characters on that team where they don’t seem too serious, you know what I’m saying? Playing on strict, good teams kind of brings the best out of a player.”