Chicago Bulls’ point guard Kirk Hinrich is set to become a free agent this summer. Hinrich has already been through one break up with the Bulls and does not want to go through another. While speaking from the Berto Center on Wednesday, Hinrich acknowledged that he would like to remain with the Bulls for next season.
“I grew up a Bull in this league,” Hinrich said. “I will always think of myself as a Chicago Bull no matter what happens. Just moving forward, I have a great relationship with a lot of my teammates here who are coming back. The organization — there’s definitely a lot of history there.” -Kirk Hinrich, ESPN Chicago
For the second straight season with the Bulls, Hinrich was inserted into the starting rotation after a major knee injury to Derrick Rose. In what has become a rarity, Hinrich was able to remain relatively healthy this past season while averaging nine points and three assists per game. Hinrich has always been a favorite of Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau and that may play a role in his future with the team.
With Derrick Rose set to return next season, it would appear that the Bulls may decide to keep Hinrich or D.J. Augustin. If the Bulls were to keep both Augustin and Hinrich, that may limit the amount of money the team could offer Carmelo Anthony.