The Chicago Bulls lost many valuable players this offseason, but the one they gained certainly seems like more than enough to satisfy management. Guard Kirk Hinrich, who spent his first seven seasons in Chicago after being selected No. 7 overall in the 2003 NBA Draft, was re-introduced today at the Berto Center after officially agreeing to a two-year contract worth about $8 million.
Hinrich struggled mightily last season for the Atlanta Hawks, but says the shoulder and hamstring injury that slowed him shouldn't be much of a factor this season.
"This offseason I've been working really hard, (and) I haven't really felt any ill effects," Hinrich said. "Hopefully, I'm going to stay healthy and be a contributor to a very good team."
General manager Gar Forman also said that signing Hinrich was the team's top offseason priority. Go back and read stories from a month about the team's desire to retain center Omer Asik and call him out for hypocrisy at your own risk.
"When we went into the offseason, it was probably our biggest priority to get a combo guard who we thought could play both spots," general manager Gar Forman said. "Kirk is a proven veteran. We think it's going to be a perfect fit for us — not only this coming year but into the future."
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