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BYU head coach Dave Rose smiles during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Massachusetts, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
If that happens, I know he’ll be really happy. It’s what he wants. He’s really excited about that opportunity. I think all Jimmer fans everywhere are happy that he’s (playing somewhere else) —Dave Rose

SAN DIEGO — It’s been three years since Jimmermania swept the country.

And after spending a lot of time on the bench with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, former BYU consensus All-American Jimmer Fredette cleared waivers and was expected to sign a contract with the Chicago Bulls Saturday.

After the Cougars’ 78-70 victory over San Diego, BYU coach Dave Rose was thrilled about the news.

“If that happens, I know he’ll be really happy,” Rose said. “It’s what he wants. He’s really excited about that opportunity. I think all Jimmer fans everywhere are happy that he’s (playing somewhere else).”

Rose said he and Fredette remain close. “We text quite a bit,” he said.

While Fredette, a first-round draft pick in 2011, is widely regarded as a defensive liability, the Bulls are hoping he can provide them with a 3-point shooting threat. Chicago ranks No. 26 in the NBA in 3-point shooting.

Fredette is shooting 49.3 percent this season from 3-point territory.