Jimmer Fredette did not enjoy his time at Sleep Train. (Getty Images)
The Chicago Bulls have endured some terrible luck over the last three seasons. The team’s 2011-12 campaign was marred by injury, even though the squad still managed to tie for the league’s best regular season record, with Derrick Rose succumbing to injury at the start of that spring’s postseason run. Rose missed the entire 2012-13 campaign because of that ACL tear, and will miss the rest of 2013-14 with a meniscus tear that has fans worried if he’ll ever return to his MVP-level 2011 stylings. Fearful of the luxury tax, the team traded former All-Star Luol Deng for a package that could merely whittle down to a pair of second round picks, as the team’s fans have watched as a potential championship core was destroyed due to injury and the team’s ownership unwillingness to spend.
Luck? It comes in the form of something odd. The Sacramento Kings strangely decided not to pick up Jimmer Fredette’s fourth-year option for 2014-15 last fall. Fredette wasn’t exactly playing like a star in his first two seasons with Sacramento, but at $3.1 million he seemed at least worth taking a flyer on. With the Kings slogging through yet another bust of a season, they decided to set Fredette free on Thursday, waiving him to allow Jimmer to hook up with a better, more sensible team.
After Fredette cleared waivers on Saturday evening, the Chicago Bulls pounced. They’re close to signing the third-year guard for under $245,000 to play in Chicago for the team’s final 24 games plus its playoff run. That’s right, the Bulls get to hire a shooter that is making 49 percent of his three-pointers thus far in 2013-14, while still staying under the luxury tax. They somehow got away with this one.
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