On March 28, 2012, Kirk Hinrich, then with the Hawks, told the Tribune he would consider re-signing with the Bulls when he entered unrestricted free agency for the first time in his NBA career a few months later. Wednesday morning, almost two years to that day, Hinrich expressed a similar sentiment. “I like it here,” Hinrich said of his Bulls’ situation. “Obviously, returning home was a big factor in why I came back. I would like to stay here. But I don’t know what’s in their future plans. Right now, I’m just trying to enjoy it while I’m in it and take what comes later.” Hinrich turned down a more lucrative offer from the Bucks that summer of 2012 to sign a two-year, $8 million deal with the Bulls, returning to the city where he kept his north suburban home after the Bulls traded him to the Wizards in 2010 for salary-cap space. Like then, his free agency decision this summer will be based as much — if not more so — on fit as financial reasons. "At this point of your career, you want to be on a team that is a good fit and has a chance to be a winner," Hinrich said. Coaches and teammates consistently laud Hinrich for serving as an organizer at both ends. And Hinrich said he feels healthier at the end of this season than he has in the last "three or four seasons." He would fit next season if the price is right. "I feel good," Hinrich said. "It's that time of year where you have to stay focused and make sure your game is in good shape for the playoffs."
Kirk Hinrich wants to return to Bulls next season
Chicago Tribune | Apr 3