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Jimmer to sign with Chicago Bulls after he clears waivers

ESPN Chicago is reporting on Saturday, March 1 that former BYU star Jimmer Fredette will sign with the Chicago Bulls as rumored.

Former Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette will sign with the Chicago Bulls.
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And as expected, the playoff-bound Bulls will be vastly different from the team from which he came, the Sacramento Kings -- a team on which Jimmer rarely left the bench in his three years there.

Jimmer also comes to a team badly in need of shooters; the Bulls currently make just 34 percent of their three-point shots -- and Bulls forward Taj Gibson told ESPN Chicago there is a place for Fredette in the Windy City.

"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.

"You look at the way [D.J. Augustin has] been playing. You look at the way Tony [Snell], our rookie's been playing. Guys are taking the veteran leadership and guys that work hard -- I think [Fredette] will have fun playing with us. He'll learn a lot."

Jimmer is expected to clear waivers about 3 p.m. MST Saturday afternoon, according to a report in the Deseret News. Thereafter the Bulls are expected to officially tender an offer to Fredette and his agent.

Jimmer hasn’t played on a winning team since he prepped at BYU, not since he led the Cougars to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen and was named the consensus college player of the year.

At BYU Jimmer scored 28.9 points per game, the best in Division I. He also won an ESPY Award later that year as Best Male College Athlete.

In this his last season in Sacramento Jimmer shot 49 percent from three-point range and nearly matched that from the field, shooting 48 percent in 41 games, averaging 5.9 points per contest.

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