The Chicago Bulls reached a verbal agreement this morning with guard Kirk Hinrich, who spent his first seven seasons in Chicago after being selected with the seventh pick in the famed 2003 NBA Draft. Hinrich will man the point with superstar Derrick Rose sidelined for the majority of the upcoming season as he recovers from a torn ACL. It is believed Hinrich will sign for a mini mid-level exception, which will likely work out to a two-year, $6 million deal.
The Bulls clearly targeted Hinrich for a while, so while the move doesn't exactly thrill me, let's hope Gar Forman and John Paxson are smarter than your average basketball blogger. Coach Tom Thibodeau, who spent the day watching Taj Gibson workout with the U.S. Select Team, sounds satisfied by the addition of Hinrich.
Thibs on Hinrich "He's an experienced guy. Played very well for all teams that he's been with ..brings a lot in terms of veteran experience"— Nick Friedell (@ESPNChiBulls) July 8, 2012