Jimmer Fredette will be on the open market in the NBA on Saturday afternoon after being bought out by the Sacramento Kings and the Chicago Bulls seem to be the frontrunners to land the services of the sweet-shooting guard, according to reports from Marc Stein over at ESPN.
The Kings were looking for a deal that would find Fredette a new home leading up to last Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline, but were unsuccessful in that plight. However, as the new ownership group and front office regime look to clear the air from the Maloof-era in Sacramento, Fredette is the latest guy to make his way out of a Kings uniform. However, it might be what’s best for the young guard.
As it has been discussed at length on a number of other occasions, arguably the biggest limitation to Fredette’s performance in his first two and a half seasons has been the fact that the Kings haven’t given him ample opportunity to grow and develop at the pro level. You can talk all you want about him not reaching his potential, but there’s something to be said about him not having the chance to tap into that potential fully.
Going to the Bulls would be an interesting scenario for Fredette for a couple of reasons. The most obvious reason is the fact that Chicago could stand to add some outside shooting as they rank just 27th in the league in terms of made three-point field goals per game this season. That’s certainly an area where Fredette could aid this team as a noted dead-eye from distance.
The lesser-talked about wrinkle in all of this though is the fact that Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls have had a way of finding success for offensive-minded guards in recent years. Nate Robinson last season and D.J. Augustin this year stand as testaments to that. You put Fredette in a role where he’s just asked to fire away from deep off of the bench and he’s more than likely going to make shots.
The Bulls are still in the playoff picture even without Derrick Rose healthy and we all know they are going to fight until the bitter end because that’s how Thibs has them wired. However, giving them a potential weapon like Fredette makes them exponentially more dangerous when the postseason rolls around, assuming he pans out. No deal is final yet, but if it happens, it will be wildly beneficial to both Chicago and the 25-year-old Jimmer.