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March 4, 2014

Fredette excited about joining Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) - Jimmer Fredette wanted to start over. The Chicago Bulls wanted to improve their outside shooting.

Each side is hoping for a perfect match.

Fredette joined the surging Bulls on Sunday after the team announced it had signed the sharp-shooting guard for the rest of the season. The 6-foot-2 Fredette was in uniform for Chicago’s game against the New York Knicks.

“I see how this team plays and they play hard every single night and they play for each other,” he said. “They play the right way. That’s something I was looking for, to come into a team I could fit in and play the way I wanted to and play hard every single night and be part of a team. I’m excited to be here. I can’t wait to start and get out there and play and see how things go.”

Fredette, the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, was bought out by the Sacramento Kings on Thursday and cleared waivers on Saturday. He is averaging just 5.9 points and 11.3 minutes in his third season, but is shooting 49 percent from 3-point range.

The Bulls, who had won eight of nine coming into the day, had been looking for more outside shooting since they lost Marco Belinelli in free agency last offseason, and then traded Luol Deng to Cleveland in January.

“I hope I can space out the floor for these guys and help create open shots for my teammates and also create open shots for me,” Fredette said. “I think it fits well. Hopefully I’ll be able to come in and do what I do on the basketball floor.”

The knock on Fredette is his defensive ability and finding a way to get open for his accurate shot, but coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants to come to his own conclusions about what the former BYU star can do on the court.

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