CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls and former BYU sensation Jimmer Fredette have tentatively agreed to a contract after he parted with the Sacramento Kings earlier in the week, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.
The sharp-shooting guard was bought out by the Kings on Thursday and cleared waivers on Saturday. Now, he's getting a second chance with the Bulls.
Fredette is averaging just 5.9 point and 11.3 minutes in his third season. But the Bulls are hoping "Jimmermania" will take off in Chicago after staying grounded with the Kings — or that he will at least give them the outside touch they were seeking.
Chicago is making a playoff push despite losing former MVP point guard Derrick Rose to another season-ending knee injury and trading away one of its best players in Luol Deng. The Bulls were second in the Central division at 32-26 after beating Dallas on Friday night for their eighth win in nine games.
As well as they're playing, though, they were still last in the NBA in scoring, 28th in overall shooting and tied for 26th in 3-point percentage.
That's where Fredette, who turned 25 on Tuesday, could help.
Even though he hasn't developed into a consistent contributor, Fredette is shooting 47.5 percent from the floor and 49.3 percent from 3-point range.