Hinrich, Bulls reportedly reach new deal as new season begins
Miami, FL (Sports Network) – Kirk Hinrich reportedly accepted Chicago’s final
offer on a long-term contract extension Tuesday, the day the Bulls were set to
open the NBA season in Miami.
With the deadline for negotiating expiring at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, the Chicago
Tribune reported that one of the Baby Bulls’ key cogs decided to sign a five-
year deal rather than become a restricted free agent next off-season.
League sources told the Tribune that the deal is worth $47.5 million and
starts next season at $7.8 million. In 2011-12, the deal will pay the Kansas
product $11.42 million.
Chicago enters Tuesday’s season opener with more excitement than any campaign
since the Michael Jordan era. It added defensive stalwart and rebounding fiend
Ben Wallace from Detroit during the free agent period, putting him with a team
that led the league in field-goal percentage against last season.
General manager John Paxson also rid the hefty contract of Tyson Chandler,
shipping the big man to New Orleans/Oklahoma City in a deal that brought back
veteran forward P.J. Brown.
Hinrich is unquestionably Chicago’s floor leader, best ball-handler and one of
its primary scorers. The guard averaged a career-best 15.9 points per game
with 6.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season, and has totaled 14.6 points per
game throughout his brief three-year career.