Jan 31, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) dribbles as Dallas Mavericks point guard Shane Larkin (3) defends during the game at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls eyeing Caron Butler, Jimmer Fredette

The Chicago Bulls would like to add an offensive minded player to their usually elite defense in order to try to win a playoff series without All-Star point guard and former MVP Derrick Rose for the second consecutive season.

The Sacramento Kings have officially bought out Jimmer Fredette. He has been very disappointing as a professional after having a fantastic college career with the BYU Cougars, but is a fantastic shooter, which is something the Bulls lack.

K.C. Johnson, who also notes the Bulls’ interest in Danny Granger and Caron Butler, discussed what Fredette could bring to the Bulls. 

Fredette, the 10th overall pick in 2011, never panned out with the Kings. But his work ethic and professionalism led management to offer glowing reviews to anyone who asked for background on him.

In limited action, he’s shooting a career-high 49.3 percent from 3-point range. Fredette is not considered a strong defender or shot-creator, but the Bulls’ defense is strong enough to absorb some players who are poor at that end. And Fredette could play off the ball as a spot-minute, spot-up shooter.

The Los Angeles Clippers are considered the favorite to land Granger while the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder appear to be battling for Butler.

The Bulls are currently 31-26, fourth in the Eastern Conference.

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