Kirk Hinrich was once a fan favorite for the Chicago Bulls and now the veteran guard is headed back to the team that drafted him. Hinrich agreed to a two year, six million dollar deal with the team on Sunday. They used the mini mid-level exception, which is for taxpaying teams.
This move is a double-edged sword. It shows that the Bulls were more comfortable with Kirk Hinrich than taking a flyer on a guy like a Jerryd Bayless. With Hinrich, you have an idea of what you are getting. That is both a good and bad thing. He has struggled since he was traded from the Bulls into 2010 and has been hit with a lot of injuries.
I expect Kirk Hinrich to start until the team feels that Marquis Teague is ready to handle the duties. Hinrich will then slip into his backup combo guard role. He can do good things there, if he remains healthy. Hopefully his jump shot recovers and his defense picks back up. If Hinrich can give the Bulls good minutes, he can be a good backup guard.
This move is not popular with a lot of Bulls fans for a couple of reasons. First, it shows that the team seems to care more about loyalty than getting better. Hinrich is not the best option out there, yet they committed to him. Second, it shows the team has no idea what they are doing. They could have decided to burn the whole thing down at the NBA Draft, but they instead held firm. They are stuck in a basketball purgatory right now.
Captain Kirk is back in Chicago and a lot of people are going to have a lot of opinions about this move. If this move only does one thing, it certainly has people talking about the Bulls again.