This was a very tough decision, but we’re confident that the agreement reached today represents the most productive path forward, both for Jimmer and the Kings. Echoing a sentiment that everyone who knows him appreciates about Jimmer, he’s a tremendous person and a consummate professional.
Having moved past the pleasantries, we can get to the fun stuff: figuring out where Fredette will land.
Per ESPN's Marc Stein, Chicago has quietly become a prime suitor (provided it can stomach the cost of adding anyone to the roster):
Luxury-tax issues complicate ANY signing Bulls consider but word is they've emerged as a dark-horse contender for Jimmer Fredette this week— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 27, 2014
After the buyout became official, TNT's David Aldridge reported that the feeling was mutual:
@jimmerfredette "strongly leaning" toward joining Bulls once he clears waivers, per source. Fredette and Kings finalized buyout Thursday.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 27, 2014
And USA Today's Sam Amick confirmed the rumor:
As @daldridgetnt noted, I'm told Jimmer Fredette has "strong interest" in Bulls.They have liked him for a while.Kings buyout finalized today— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 27, 2014
It's no wonder Fredette would have interest in joining the Bulls. He's an NBA player with one elite skill—outside shooting—and the Bulls are in desperate need of somebody to stretch the floor.
Chicago currently ranks 27th in the NBA in three-point shooting at 34.1 percent. So, it's safe to say Fredette's ridiculous accuracy rate of 49.3 percent would represent an upgrade.
Of course, Fredette couldn't crack the rotation consistently in Sacramento because of his inability to play passable defense. With Tom Thibodeau still firmly in possession of the NBA's most demanding defensive principles, Fredette had better hit the Windy City ready to work.
If he can't find a way to contribute anything on D, no amount of long-distance marksmanship will get him off Thib's bench.