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Not much time left for Bulls’ Fredette

Updated: March 5, 2014 11:01PM



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Newly signed guard Jimmer Fredette isn’t thinking about his long-term prospects these days.

Not after two-plus enigmatic seasons in Sacramento, which came to an end last week when the Kings bought out his contract and the Bulls signed the former BYU standout after he cleared waivers.

“I’m not too worried about [beyond this season] right now,’’ Fredette said. “I just want to get acclimated to the team and with the system and help the team any way I can on a nightly basis. I just want to figure out what we’re doing here and get ready to go.’’

Coach Tom Thibodeau said Fredette’s daily cram sessions were going well, but that doesn’t mean he’ll have much of an impact.

It’s not about what Fredette can or can’t do as much as available minutes. There just aren’t that many at point guard.

D.J. Augustin has been averaging just under 30 since Feb. 1, and starting point guard Kirk Hinrich is slotted for 25 to 30 minutes a game just to be cautious with his injury problems.

With just over a month left in the regular season, Thibodeau seems to have his rotation set in stone.

“What you don’t know and can’t predict is foul trouble and injury,’’ Thibodeau said Wednesday when asked about Fredette’s playing time.

“When you come in at this stage of the season, where are you in terms of your schedule? Who do you have playing? Where is your rotation? How is your team playing? What are your needs? You’re looking at all those things. And then the challenge is how quickly we can get him up to speed where he can function with the group.

“We’re not going to be afraid to throw him out there. If we need him and someone is in foul trouble or there’s an injury, he’ll be in there. We have a lot of confidence in him.’’

The good thing about Fredette is he can play at shooting guard because he’s such a good outside shooter. So the only player he could steal a few minutes from would be rookie Tony Snell.

But, as Thibodeau acknowledged, Fredette is working against the clock to get acclimated offensively and defensively.

“Now, you’ve established a rotation and because of where you are in the season, you’re not practicing as much, so there’s limited practice time,’’ Thibodeau said.

“You’re trying to do it on off days, [hotel] ballrooms, things of that nature. It takes a little bit longer, but he’s coming along. He’ll be fine.’’



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