With little rumors here and there during the free agency period, the Chicago Bulls have been awfully quiet. A little too quiet if questioned by some. Brandon Roy, Courtney Lee, and even Nazr Mohammed were mentioned to be of some interest by the Bulls. A lot of big changes have already been made such as Steve Nash becoming a Laker and Ray Allen is now a member of the…Miami Heat. (Boo!) But, as it seemed that everyone else in the NBA were tweaking their teams for improvement, the Bulls seemed to not be very much involved. But, until today, it is confirmed that Kirk Hinrich has verbally committed to the Chicago Bulls. Bulls fans are very familiar with Hinrich, who was drafted by Chicago in the 2003 NBA Draft as the 7th overall pick. The 6’4″ shooting guard was a Bull for 7 seasons before being traded to the Washington Wizards for a 2nd round draft pick in 2010.
Hinrich’s numbers have dropped since being a Bull. Last season, as an Atlanta Hawk, he was just recovering from a hamstring injury and missed 18 games due to having surgery on his left shoulder. He averaged 6.6 ppg, 2.8 apg, and 2.1 rpg. His numbers aren’t impressive, but Coach Thibodeau knows that Hinrich is a defensive player. The Bulls will be looking for him to score more, obviously. Especially with Rose being out, the Chicago Bulls will need as much offensively as possible.
Chicago and Hinrich have until July 11th to make the agreement official. This verbal agreement has led to wondering what will happen to Watson. It is assumed that C.J. Watson will probably not return to Chicago and his contract won’t be picked up by the Bulls front office on July 10th. Reportedly, Hinrich was offered more money by the Milwaukee Bucks at $4M/Year. But, he’s expected to accept $6 million for two years by the Bulls.