They had been quiet thus far in free agency with massive dominos falling elsewhere in the NBA, but the Chicago Bulls have made their first big move of the new season verbally agreeing to have former captain Kirk Hinrich return to Chicago.
Hinrich was the Bulls No. 1 target this offseason and he fill the hole they have left by the injured Derrick Rose. Hinrich pent seven seasons with the Bulls after being drafted in 2003 out of Kansas.
Hinrich will sign a two year deal in the neighborhood of $6 million. The Bulls would have been paying C.J. Watson half of that for just one year and with Hinrich they get a proven starter who has been in Chicago before.
Chicago can have Hinrich officially sign the deal on July 11th. That’s the first official day of the 2013 season and the first day all players who have verbally agreed to deal or signed offer sheets can ink their contracts.
The full Mid-Level exception is going to be used by Chicago to sign Hinrich which means they’ll still have money to fill out the roster and not go into the tax as badly as was projected.
The re-addition of Hinrich means the end of Watson for sure in Chicago. The end was already near when Chicago drafted Marquis Teague in June’s NBA Draft.
Are You Happy Kirk Hinrich is Back with The Bulls?
- Yes (67%, 2 Votes)
- No (33%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 3
Many fans are rejoicing, merely because a familiar face is back in town in these trying times. Hinrich wanted to come back to the Bulls but he had numerous other offers form teams like the Jazz and the Sixers. No one officially offered him a deal but the thought was that Hinrich would take a higher salary to play elsewhere,
Either no one offered him said deal, or Hinrich truly wants to return to the Bulls. They both were left with an awkward taste in their mouths after a happy seven year relationship. But Hinrich was dumped on the Wizards when the Bulls were clearing their rosters to make a push at free agents Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
Now that previous relationship can continue and Hinrich can ride out the rest of his career in the place where it all began.