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.
Jimmer Fredette is going to get his freedom. He’s getting another chance in a new market to prove he belongs in an NBA rotation.
Unable to win over the three coaches he had in Sacramento, the Kings announced Thursday they had reached a buyout deal with Fredette. He has to still clear waivers but once that happens he will be an unrestricted free agent.
“This was a very tough decision, but we’re confident that the agreement reached today represents the most productive path forward, both for Jimmer and the Kings,” Sacramento general manager Dave D’Alessandro said in a released statement. “Echoing a sentiment that everyone who knows him appreciates about Jimmer, he’s a tremendous person and a consummate professional. We thank him for the meaningful contributions he made to the team and in the Sacramento community. On behalf of an entire organization, we wish him nothing but great success in the future.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls are considered the front-runners for his services once he clears waivers.
The Kings took Fredette out of BYU with the No. 10 pick in the NBA draft. He can shoot the rock — he 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. However, 45.6 percent of his shots attempts this season come with him as the pick-and-roll ball and he shoots a solid 46.1 percent on those. He also is a serious defensive liability.
If he goes to a team that uses him the right way — and he accepts that role — Fredette can have a healthy NBA career. He’s never going to be the star some thought he would be, but there is a place for him in the NBA rotation.
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.
The New York Knicks agreed to buyout and waive point guard Beno Udrih after they couldn’t trade him at the deadline. Because why would you need extra depth with the rock solid Raymond Felton as your starting point guard?
The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed Udrih off waivers, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.
Sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday that the Grizzlies put in a successful waiver claim to acquire Udrih, who was released Monday by the New York Knicks.
The Grizzlies, sources said, turned their attention to acquiring Udrih for their backcourt after attempts to strike a deal with Jimmer Fredette — who is about to secure his release from the Sacramento via buyout — proved unsuccessful.
Memphis has an All-Star caliber point guard in Mike Conley but things drop off the table after that. Rookie Nick Calathes has played some at the point and done okay but that position is not his wheelhouse. Udrih brings a solid veteran point guard to the team.
Metta World Peace and Fredette are now both free agents who can sign anywhere.
Jimmer Fredette has never quite found his role in Sacramento, now they are going to set him free and let him find his way with another team.
After trying unsuccessfully to trade Fredette for a second round pick at the trade deadline, the Kings are close to a buyout agreement with the third year NBA player, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.
The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette are finalizing a buyout agreement on his contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports…
Fredette had been one of college basketball’s most prolific scorers at BYU – scoring 2,599 points in his career – and earning consensus honors as college basketball’s player of the year in 2011. Nevertheless, he has struggled to find his niche with the Kings. Still, there are expected to be several teams with interest in signing him for the rest of the season, league sources said.
As for those trade reports…
Fredette will have to clear waivers, then he will be a free agent.
Fredette has shown he can shoot the ball, hitting 49.3 percent from three this season. He had a lot of success last season working off the ball but this season 45.6 percent of his shots come with him as the pick-and-roll ball handler (and he shoots a respectable 46.1 percent on those). Still he remains strong working off the ball, hitting 55.9 percent of his shots on catch-and-shoots and also does well coming off screens.
The big issue is he is a defensive liability, which has frustrated a series of Kings coaches and really suggests Fredette is suited to a reserve role in the NBA.
He is a free agent at the end of the season — the Kings did not pick up the option year on his contract — and there likely will be a team willing to give him a little tryout the rest of this season.