Chicago Bulls: Examing Kirk Hinrich’s Value With the Team
When the Chicago Bulls signed Kirk Hinrich in 2012, they never would have expected him to be the starting point guard for the team for two-straight seasons. But with consecutive season-ending injuries to Derrick Rose, Hinrich was relied up to run the offense.
Although Hinrich no longer had the same speed and scoring ability that he had during his first stint with the Bulls (2003-2010), he quickly became a favorite of head coach Tom Thibodeau. During most games, Thibodeau would have difficulties resting Hinrich since his perimeter defense and the way he runs the offense was so critical to the Bulls.
As the 2013-14 season wore on, Hinrich continued to perform admirably and averaged 12 points, four assists and two rebounds during the month of April. He looked like his former self moving into the postseason. However, that didnt last long. Once the Bulls played the Washington Wizards, Hinrich couldn’t keep up with the likes of John Wall and Bradley Beal. It was so bad that it hindered his offense as well. In Game 2, Hinrich shot 5-for-13 from the field and 1-for-5 from the three-point line. Needless to say, he looked awful. It was obvious that Hinrich’s future with the Bulls might be in jeopardy after his postseason performance.
The Bulls more than likely will try to re-sign the younger backup point guard D.J. Augustin as a result. If Augustin doesn’t demand more money out of the Bulls’ price range, he could return off of Chicago’s bench to backup Rose.
Nevertheless, Hinrich could be the cheaper option to backup Rose if Augustin gets paid elsewhere. Either way, there’s a good likelihood that Hinrich will be back despite his unrestricted free agency status. He still is capable of playing an abundance of minutes at both the point guard and shooting guard position. It’s hard to say that if Hinrich will be back or not, but he very well could be.