It's not clear yet if it's for one year or two, but Kirk Hinrich has returned for something over the minimum (almost certainly the room exception), but theoretically, less than other teams were offering him. The landing of Hinrich ends any hope of the D.J. Augustin remaining with the team.
Maybe Kirk Hinrich will be fine. His on/off numbers imply he's a better player than D.J. Augustin, and he's certainly not as much a defensive sieve. However, Augustin could create shots, and it's unclear if the Bulls have anyone who can do that on the roster other than Derrick Rose. A dangerous position to be in.
D.J. was shut down in the playoffs. Kirk has been shut down for the next three years. I don't know, I suppose it's not really worth fretting over D.J. If Rose goes down, the Bulls are screwed anyway, and they certainly have plenty of guys who should be able to open up space.
They may not have dynamic guys who create shots off the dribble, but Pau can create in the post, and we'll see what Mirotich and McDermott can do in terms of creating looks.
Also worth noting that Chicago may have reached out to D.J. and found his price was above the room exception and thus had no chance to sign him anyway. If D.J. lands for more than that then there's not so much point complaining about Kirk.
The Bulls off-season isn't complete, but the roster is pretty well set in terms of guys who will actually play minutes. If there's any role left it's for a combo guard that can play the one and two and hopefully create some shots off the dribble. Some dude who's six feet tall and can shoot but can't defend or be a true point guard would seem to fit the Bulls pattern and needs.
Roster as of now:
Derrick Rose, Kirk Hinrich
Jimmy Butler, Tony Snell
Mike Dunleavy, Doug McDermott
Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, Anthony Randolph
Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol
The Bulls might keep Cameron Bairstow, but unlike past years don't have so much incentive to as they aren't fighting the tax and after using their cap space the difference in his salary being 450k vs the full vet min isn't meaningful anyway.
So the Bulls have a chance to add two more guys at the veteran minimum, which they'll likely look to fill in on the perimeter rather than in the front court given their present depth. It will be awhile before we see who's left, but it likely won't be anyone to get excited about.
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