One of the most interesting quotes from media was day Derrick Rose announcing he recruited Kirk. This is the guy who has had a famous stance against recruiting seemingly do a 180 to get a role player guard who likely didn't need much recruitment to begin with [though he did give up significant money to come here, so perhaps that's not true].
Many Bulls fans have hoped for Derrick Rose to go out recruiting, however, we mostly had Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, and James Harden in mind more so than Kirk Hinrich. Does this open the door for Derrick to start recruiting more players in the future? Yes and no.
First, in Derrick's response about the topic, he talked at length about his past relationship with Kirk and knowing what type of player he was. That's one reason why missing the Olympics was such an understated loss for the Bulls and Rose. The Olympics were a chance for him to mingle with many of the players we'd have liked to see Derrick Rose recruit.
How epic would it have been to see Kevin Love and Derrick Rose share a man hug and a high five and then jointly look awkward and out of place refusing to dance while LeBron James and company goes soul train on the place?
Derrick Rose recruited Kirk Hinrich because recruiting Kirk was like bringing a brother back home to defend the house instead of bringing in a mercenary. The key for Rose to recruiting more is to form that close bond with great players around the league that aren't on the Bulls.
Still, for the first time Derrick Rose made a call to a player and helped convince him to come to the Bulls. He helped convince him to come here for less money and fewer years to be part of what Chicago was building. Not only did he make the call for the first time, but he saw that it worked.
Sure, Kirk was an easy guy for Derrick to recruit due to their past relationship, but when doing something you're not immediately comfortable with, it starts with baby steps. Only time will tell if this was aberration or a shift in philosophy, but if we see Derrick Rose putting the full court press on Kevin Love in a few years then the seeds were sown this off-season with Kirk Hinrich.