This is one of those Geico Insurance moves. You know, where a team pays for a player in the hopes they’ll never have to actually play them. Last season, Hunter appeared in 28 games and averaged about nine and a half minutes per. He might play a tad bit more this season due to the departure of Ben Gordon, but I can’t see him logging more than 35-40 games at most…barring a significant injury to somebody else.
Note the length of the deal. One year. The Bulls are avoiding multi-year deals like the black death. Unless a major trade takes place, it looks like they’re putting all their eggs in the Summer of 2010 basket.