Sources close to me have said that the present plan is for John Salmons to start as the shooting guard this season with Hinrich coming off the bench. Also, John Salmons recently commented that he plans to opt out of his contract. Bare in mind, the person who told me this also told me that Salmons told him that he would opt into his contract in March. Also, from what I've been told Aaron Gray will formally accept the QO within the next week and a half and announce his returning to the Bulls.
None of these things should be a big surprise. I think most fans expected Salmons to come in as the starter and opt out next year. This only interests me due to a rumor I heard long about Hinrich being unhappy coming off the bench, and the Bulls wanting to accomodate him by starting him or moving him to a team where he'd start.
As far as his option clause, even when i was told he'd opt in, I told my source that there's no way he'll opt in and that he would change his mind if he said that. At most, Salmons comments can be taken to mean that he's willing to wait and see how it goes which, in reality, is what any player 10 months away from having to make the decision is going to do.
If Salmons is injured all year or has a terrible year in some way that will put him on a short term low money deal then he will opt in. If he plays well this year, then he'll opt out and attack FA a year younger coming off two good seasons as simple as that.
As for Gray, whether the announcement actually comes by the end of next week is somewhat irrelevant to me. As soon as July 23rd passed, Aaron Gray was a Bull. He'll do his due diligence to see if someone else wants to pay him the LLE, but no team is offering him a multiyear guarantee or more than the minmum IMO.