The Bulls have expressed interest in potentially signing guard Jimmer Fredette, a league source confirmed.
The Kings guard is expected to be bought out by Sacramento in advance of Saturday's deadline for free agents to sign with a team and be eligible to participate in the playoffs. ESPN first reported that the Bulls are among the former BYU star's suitors.
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Fredette, in his third NBA season, has struggled to earn consistent minutes or find a role for the Kings and is averaging career-lows of 5.9 points and 11.3 minutes per game. Represented by Jeff Austin, the same agent as Bulls' veteran Kirk Hinrich, Fredette was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft after an All-American senior year in college. Austin was seen at the United Center for Wednesday night's Bulls' win over Golden State.
While the Bulls have reportedly expressed interest in the likes of veterans Danny Granger and Caron Butler -- the former was bought out by Philadelphia after being traded by the Pacers to the 76ers; the latter is expected to be bought out by Milwaukee -- both small forwards are expected to land elsewhere. Granger's suitors include the Spurs and Clippers, while Butler is widely expected to sign with the Heat, the team he was drafted by.
Fredette, at a listed 6-foot-2 height and not considered a pure point guard, nor quick or tall enough to defend most players at either backcourt, is regarded as a three-point shooting specialist, which would address a Bulls need. Furthermore, signing him for the remainder of the season would give the organization an opportunity to evaluate him for the future.
Other candidates who could emerge on the buyout market include forward Antawn Jamison, who was waived by the Hawks after being traded to Atlanta by the Clippers, and ex-Bull Ben Gordon, who is currently in Charlotte and is reportedly in negotiations to be bought out.
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Another option for the Bulls is a familiar face: Ronnie Brewer. Brewer was recently waived by Houston and while he hasn't played consistent minutes since the beginning of last season with New York, the swingman is obviously familiar with the Bulls' system and personnel from his two-year stint in Chicago and alongside rookie Tony Snell, could provide the team backup wing depth behind former protégé Jimmy Butler and veteran Mike Dunleavy Jr.