What does this mean for the one they call Jimmer, once the envy of teenage Utah girls, local sports nuts and white kids with a little game?
Well, for starters the former BYU star is now free and has his choice of any NBA team that wants him -- or that can stay within the luxury tax threshold and still afford his $2.44 million salary for the rest of 2013-14.
As soon as he clears waivers -- possibly as early as Saturday, March 1 -- let the fun begin.
Might the Windy City of Chicago that birthed this great legend to the mighty NBA at its wondrous pre-draft camp -- and gave you several episodes of his reality TV show -- be in the mix?
The Bulls absolutely stink from behind the three-point line, shooting the ball at an horrific 34 percent per game. (By the way, that percentage is also 27th-best in the NBA right now.)
There are also reports coming out of Cleveland that the Cavaliers might be interested in Jimmer.
While the Cavs are certainly not playoff bound like the Bulls currently are -- Cleveland does have what Chicago doesn’t, and that’s cap space.
The problem is, the Cavs have what the Bulls don’t, and that’s decent perimeter shooting. Cleveland’s interest in Jimmer hinges partly on roster space, according to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal Online:
“Part of the Cavs’ decision whether to pursue him is the status of (Dion) Waiters and (former Jazzman C.J.) Miles. If either or both are expected to miss an extended period of time, the Fredette option becomes more viable. But the team won’t really have a feel for their status until they are re-examined on Thursday and I get the impression they’ll be back sooner rather than later,” Lloyd said.
So if Jimmer isn’t interested in either Chicago and Cleveland -- and several media outlets say he’s very interested in the playoff-bound Bulls -- did we also mention this is his contract year?
Oh, now the stakes have been raised in Jimmer Town, for sure. The former BYU star will have to fit in with his new team quick to salvage what's left of his make-or-break NBA season -- but having the playoffs to do it might help.