Chicago Bulls Quietly Adding Big Pieces
With free agency underway, the Chicago Bulls are not done adding to their nucleus. On Sunday, it was reported that Nikola Mirotic and Kirk Hinrich will be playing for the Bulls in the 2014-15 season.
Mirotic, the Bulls’ 2011 first-round draft pick, has finally agreed to join the team after playing for Real Madrid. The Bulls are expected to provide $600,000 to help buy out the remain $3.2 million on Mirotic’s contract. Mirotic is considered to be a stretch power forward in the NBA and will be another scoring factor for the Bulls off the bench.
As for Hinrich, he returns to the Bulls after being the team’s starting point guard for the injured Derrick Rose. Hinrich averaged 9.1 points and nearly four assists in 73 games last season. With Rose returning, Hinrich is expected to come off the bench for the Bulls.
At this point, it’s unclear how much Mirotic and Hinrich will earn next season, but both players will obviously be an integral part of the team next season. Mirotic joins a big Bulls squad that already features 6’11 Joakim Noah and the newly acquired free agent Pau Gasol that stands at 7’0.
Despite not landing Carmelo Anthony this summer, the Bulls haven’t been idle in their attempts to improve the team. Now that Mirotic is on his way to Chicago, the Bulls will have one of the biggest rosters in the league with Noah, Gasol, and Taj Gibson.
Although the major pieces in Gasol and Mirotic are in place, expect the Bulls to continue to fill out the roster and look for scoring in other departments such as Jordan Crawford for example. The Bulls are already making solid moves this summer.