Report: Chicago Bulls to pursue free agent Kirk Hinrich
The Chicago Bulls will look to remake their second unit by pursuing free agent Kirk Hinrich, who spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the organization, reports the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson.
Hinrich, who can play either guard position, could fill multiple needs for Chicago. He can start in place of Derrick Rose at point guard while Rose recovers from his torn ACL. Rose is expected to miss at least half of next season, though reports say his rehabilitation is going well.
When Rose returns, Hinrich could back him up and play alongside him. Hinrich has made nearly 42 percent of his three-point attempts in his career and would be a good outlet on Rose’s dribble drives.
In 2010, the Bulls traded Hinrich to the Washington Wizards, and he spent part of a season with the team. He was then traded to the Hawks and played a season and a half with Atlanta.
Johnson also reports that the Bulls are unlikely to exercise their contract options on Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson or Ronnie Brewer.
Acquiring Hinrich would help make up for the departure of Korver, the team’s shooting specialist, and Watson, Rose’s backup. Watson struggled some during the playoffs when he played major minutes after Rose was hurt in Chicago’s first postseason game. The Bulls also selected Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague with their first-round pick Thursday.
Johnson reports that Jimmy Butler, who Chicago drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft, would be expected to fill Brewer’s role.