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BYU coach Dave Rose thrilled that Jimmer Fredette has found a new NBA home

Published: Tuesday, July 7 2015 12:55 a.m. MDT

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) (Jessica Hill, AP) 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) (Jessica Hill, AP)

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.

Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, right, dives after the ball against Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The Kings won 99-70. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (Rich Pedroncelli, AP) Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette, right, dives after the ball against Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. The Kings won 99-70. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) (Rich Pedroncelli, AP)

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

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