The Chicago Bulls may soon be parting ways with one of the team’s greatest players. Starting point guard and team captain Kirk Hinrich will be entering the free agency after this season. Should Hinrich be re-signed?
When Hinrich was re-signed at the onset of the 2012-13 season, a sigh of relief fell over many Chicago fans as their old team leader made his return home. While the 10-year veteran hasn’t played as well as he used to — due to a series of injuries and general waning of abilities due to age — he still manages to give 110 percent on the floor in every game he plays. His knowledge of how to commandeer his team, partnered with his strong offensive abilities for a point guard, put Hinrich into a league of his own.
How much cap space can be freed if the Bulls choose not to re-sign him? Hinrich signed a two-year, $8 million contract in 2010. Chicago is paying him $4 million this season.
In their attempts to acquire more cap space, the Bulls can get by just fine if they amnesty Carlos Boozer and get rid of his hefty $16 million contract. Choosing not to renew Hinrich’s contract wouldn’t make much of a dent.
However, there are more issues at stake here than just financial concerns. While Hinrich has been performing to the best of his abilities this season, the Bulls’ upper management might think otherwise and choose to change up their guard positions.
When it comes down to it, there will not be many objections if the Bulls decide to keep ‘Captain Kirk’ with the team for the foreseeable future, but his dismissal wouldn’t necessarily set the team on fire.