Kirk Hinrich to Sign With Bulls, Report Says

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Kirk Hinrich (Photo credit: NBA.com)

It looks like Kirk Hinrich will return to the team that he got his start with.

The veteran point guard agreed to a deal with the Chicago Bulls and is expected to sign a two-year contract that will pay him $6 million, according to the Chicago Tribune, citing sources who said a deal has yet to be finalized.

Free agents can’t officially sign contracts until July 11, the end of the free agent moratorium.

Hinrich fills an important need for the Bulls who will need someone to run the offense until Derrick Rose returns to the team after injuring his knee during the first-round of the NBA playoffs. Rose is still recovering from ACL surgery and is expected to be out until January, according to reports.

When Rose returns, Hinrich could still move over to shooting guard when both players are on the court together, and he should also provide some strong perimeter defense for the Bulls.

Hinrich, 31, spent his first seven seasons as a member of the Bulls. He was drafted out of Kansas in 2003 and started 66 games in his rookie year.

He was traded to the Wizards during the 2010-2011 season and last played for the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 6.6 points and 2.8 assists per game last season.

Next season will be his 10th as a pro.

For his career, he’s averaging 12.5 points and 5.4 assists per game.

For a three-year stretch with the Bulls early in his career, Hinrich put up more than 15 points per game from 2004-2006 and dished out more than 6 assists per game over that time.