The Chicago Tribune reported Friday morning that since the Bulls were unable to sign either Danny Granger or Caron Butler -- the two key free agents most teams are gunning for -- the next logical option would be guard Jimmer Fredette, released by Sacramento on Thursday, February 27.
Granger is a near certainty to be heading to the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple media sources including Yahoo! Sports own Adrian Wojnarowski -- who said he received that information from a league source on Fri. Feb. 28.
Meanwhile, Butler is reportedly headed to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a report Wojnarowski also released on Friday.
That chain of events seems to have opened the door for Jimmer to join the Bulls, a playoff-bound team in need of a guard who can hit shots.
Fredette can knock down 56 percent on his catch-and-shoots, and is deadly from three-point land, swishing 49 percent of those.
The rumor about Jimmer playing in Chicago was kick started by TNT’s David Aldridge on Thurs. Feb. 27, who stated he received information from an anonymous source that Jimmer was interested in playing for the Bulls.
“@jimmerfredette "strongly leaning" toward joining Bulls once he clears waivers, per source. Fredette and Kings finalized buyout Thursday,” Aldridge tweeted.
While there have been other teams that have shown interest in Jimmer -- including Cleveland -- none have been as visible as Chicago in this two-day stretch run as playoff-caliber teams load up on free agents who can fill key roles.
The Bulls would also reportedly pay Jimmer a pro-rated portion of his $2.4 million salary owed to him this year. He becomes a free agent after this season.