Although it may not be a perfect solution, the Chicago Bulls are close to acquiring a shooter in an attempt to improve their offense.
The Chicago Bulls are closing in on signing former Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com on Thursday that — while stressing a deal was not yet complete — serious mutual interest between the sides has made Fredette’s landing with Chicago look increasingly likely.
Fredette, who agreed to a buyout with the Kings, is averaging just 5.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per game, but is shooting 47.5% from the floor and an extremely impressive 49.3% from beyond the arc.
Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau would not discuss Fredette.
“I don’t want to speak specifically about players yet,” Thibodeau said before Friday morning’s shootaround, when asked about Fredette’s reputation. “There are a number of guys that are good and sometimes as we saw with D.J. it’s an opportunity to step in and add to what a team may need, so whoever we sign — if we do sign someone — whatever their strengths are, we want them to play to their strengths, to cover up their weaknesses, to understand what our team’s strengths are, what are weaknesses are, and fit in.”
The Bulls are second in defensive rating (97.7) but just 28th in offensive rating (98.3)