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Kirk Hinrich to return to Chicago for another season

Jul 13, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

Kirk Hinrich AP

Kirk Hinrich could have made more money elsewhere, but he likes it in Chicago.

So he is staying.

Hinrich reached a new deal with the Bulls Sunday, something first reported by David Aldridge of and since then Hinrich himself confirmed the deal to Aggrey Sam of

…The source said that Hinrich took less money from the Bulls than he was offered by other teams, including Charlotte and Utah, though he will make more than the veteran’s minimum to continue playing for the team that drafted him back in 2003.

With Derrick Rose’s return, Hinrich is likely to reprise his role as the Bulls’ backup point guard, though he will also be able to slide over to shooting guard and play alongside the former league MVP.

Hinrch was signed with the room exception, so he would make $5.6 million over two seasons, with a player option on the second year.

Hinrich averaged 9.1 points a game last season, shot 35 percent from three and plays solid defense in coach Tom Thibodeau’s system. He’s not a thrilling signing, but he’s solid. If he’s starting and getting a lot of minutes for the Bulls, it’s not a good sign, but if it’s just minutes off the bench he’s solid.

  1. jayhit - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

    Old news PBT this was reported 3 hours ago….

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Is our country really so in need of immediate reactions that 3 hours now qualifies as “old news”? Is this what the Twitter era has brought us to?

      • jayhit - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:56 AM


  2. antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    The Bears should sign him at safety. He’s a pretty good tackler.

    • Gordon - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      Well, he’s shown he can take a hit. Like a few years ago in the playoffs when that punk (your boy) DWade hip-checked him into the first row at full speed.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        Yeah, well Hinrich is dirty. Remember that issue between him and Wade’s wrist?

        But I like that about Wade… he doesn’t let anybody get away with BS. If you try to sneak elbows in on him, like Rip Hamilton did, he’s going to force you to stop. He isn’t worried about flagrants or technicals. He will send the message.

        The fans only see the end result though and they think Wade is dirty. But he’s only responding to other players trying who are trying to mess with him.

      • Gordon - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        Actually, you raise a good point about multiple uses for players. Maybe the Fins can use a kicker. DWade can call on Ramon Sessions (groin) & Paul George (head) as references. He’s such a clean player after all.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        Hey, Gordon. Don’t mess with Wade… he won’t mess with you.

      • chicitybulls - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:36 AM

        Really? You going to call somebody dirty and try to make it seem like Wade isn’t dirty? That he’s just “retaliating”? This is the same guy that busted Kobe’s nose….IN THE ALL STAR GAME!!! Also ask Rondo if Wade isn’t dirty. Come on dude. Be real. That’s why no one takes you seriously because you wont be real.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:44 AM

        Kobe’s nose deserves to be busted once a month, at least. Rondo was an accident. Awkward fall. In general, yes, it’s all in retaliation.

      • beach305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        You can also say Heinrich is dirty for wades shoulder.

        FYI: non of it is dirty. What a real dirty play is what artiest did.

  3. capspats - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    D Wade is not anti’s boy

    • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      He’s my bro.

      • longtallsam - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:10 AM

        Anti, you are a fan of Wade’s, and you are calliing Heinrich dirty? Wade is one of the dirtiest players in the league, without a doubt! Then that crap he pulled against the Spurs, pretending to get hit in the eye by Ginoboli. To me, that is way worse than any flop.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:13 AM

        That’s not “dirty” – that’s just a flop. And you’re allowed to flop against Ginobili. The basketball gods said it’s okay. It’s in the basketball bible.

  4. bronx77 - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    The bulls are taking it this year.

    • lazegowizfan95 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

      You’re missing the n my boy

  5. 1harrypairatesties - Jul 14, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    Glad you’re staying Captain Kirk!

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