Monday , Oct , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bulls exercise option on Hinrich

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – The Chicago Bulls have exercised the
fourth-year option on guard Kirk Hinrich, keeping him under contract through
the 2006-07 season, the team announced Monday.

“He is a great leader for our team both on and off the floor and I am very
excited to watch him continue to develop,” said Bulls executive vice president
of basketball operations John Paxson.

Hinrich, 24, will be entering his third season with the Bulls. He was selected
with the Bulls’ first pick and seventh overall in the 2003 NBA draft.

In 153 games, which includes 143 starts, Hinrich has averaged 13.9 points, 6.6
assists, and 36 minutes per game. He has been among the leaders in assists per
game the past two seasons and was named to the all-rookie first team for the
2003-04 season.