Welcome back, Captain Kirk

Allow me to present the Kirk Hinrich Timeline:

June 26, 2003:
The Bulls select Kirk Hinrich with the seventh overall pick in the NBA Draft.

July 16, 2003:
Hinrich signs a four-year rookie deal with the Bulls that includes a team option for the 2006-07 season.

October 24, 2005:
The Bulls exercise their option on Hinrich for 2006-07.

October 31, 2006:
The Bulls sign Hinrich to a five-year contract extension worth $47.5 million.

November 2006 through May 2007:
Hinrich goes on to have his best season as a pro: 16.6 PPG, 6.3 APG, 44.8 percent shooting from the field, 41.5 percent on three-pointers, and a Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 17.0. The Bulls finish 49-33 and, despite being eliminated by the Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, become widely acclaimed as The Team of the Future.

November 2007 through April 2008:
Hinrich regresses as a player — 11.5 PPG, 6.0 APG, 41 percent shooting, 35 percent on threes, PER of 13.1. The Bulls also regress as a team, winning only 33 games and missing the playoffs during a season in which 51.9 percent of the league’s GMs predicted they would win the Central Division (and 22.2 percent had them winning the Eastern Conference). Hinrich’s extension suddenly looks ridiculous.

May 20, 2008:
Despite a mere 1.7 percent chance of success, the Bulls win the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery.

June 26, 2008:
The Bulls select Derrick Rose with the first overall pick of the NBA Draft.

November 2008 through May 2009:
Hinrich spends the 2008-09 season coming off the bench behind Derrick Rose and submits his worst statistical season (9.9 PPG, 3.9 APG, 4 starts) while making $10 million. Hinrich officially goes from being “The Next John Stocton” to “The First Guy To Be Traded If The Bulls Can Convince Another Team To Take On His Contract.”

July 8, 2010:
Almost four years dozens of trade rumors after signing that $47.5 million extension, Hinrich is shipped to Washington in an effort to clear cap room for the LeBron/D-Wade/Bosh sweepstakes…which the Bulls lose.

February 23, 2011:
The Wizards trade Hinrich (along with Hilton Armstrong) to the Atlanta Hawks for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a 2011 first rounder draft pick (which is used to select Chris Singleton).

April 28, 2011:
Hinrich injures his hamstring in Game 6 of Atlanta’s first round playoff series against the Orlando Magic. Hinrich would miss the rest of the Hawks’ postseason…which was comprised of a second round playoff elimination by the Bulls.

December 2011 through May 2012:
Hinrich misses the first 18 games of the lockout-shortened season due to his recovery from left shoulder surgery. Hinrich has by far his worst season as a pro — 6.6 PPG, 2.8 APG, 34 percent three-point shooting, 9.2 PER — and the Hawks are eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

April 28, 2012:
Derrick Rose tears the ACL in his left knee during Game 1 of the Bulls’ first round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

May 12, 2012:
Rose has surgery on his ACL. Estimated recovery time is 8-12 months. The Bulls suddenly have a need for a solid, veteran PG to run the team until Rose is able to return from injury.

May through July 2012:
There is much speculation about what the Bulls will do to address the PG situation. It is widely agreed that drafting Marquis Teague with the 28th pick of the NBA Draft won’t solve the problem. Further, the Bulls seem hesitant to pick up the team option on backup PG C.J. Watson. Fan sentiment for the return of Hinrich begins to grow. The Bulls reportedly show interest in bringing Hinrich back.

July 8, 2012:
Reports surface that Hinrich has agreed to a two-year deal with the Bulls.

7 Responses to Welcome back, Captain Kirk

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    slamdrunk July 9, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    How long before Kurt drives us all crazy again?

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    Tommy July 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm #

    He’s what we needed, and he is going to do a lot better than his last few seasons because he will come back healthy and thrive in Thib’s system. He may not be “the answer” but he will provide 3 things:
    1. Starting PG until Rose returns.
    2. Backup SG when Rose returns.
    3. Starting SG when Hamilton gets injured.
    He is someone that should spend the rest of his career here. Welcome home Kirk!

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    chitown4life July 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I am for one glad to see one thing go right since D Rose went down but i am the biggest fan of D Rose and without him this team seems to be in big trouble yet I will say this Da bulls must seek someone other than Rose for the NBA has went star crazed and talent crazed and we must adapt to this new way fast major moves must be made and I mean must be made we don’t need drafts trade the bobcats pick and throw in three yrs of ours and player or two if that is what it takes but we must make a move open to suggestions but i hope you all realize this is not the same old NBA it has taken a new run and its time for us to get into the race or we will be left behind …WELCOME HOME Kirk but we still need more to be a true elite team

  4. Brad S. July 9, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    Oh, Damn.

    I loved Captian Kirk when he was here the first time. But whats the old saying; “you can never go home.” This may turn out to be like Bill Cartwright coaching the Bulls. I hope it doesn’t tarnish the legacy of a player that we all liked.

    It would be niave of me to think that the Bulls would now keep him until retirement, but I fear that this means another Kirk Hinrich trade will be in our future. Will it feel better the second time?

    I would rather the Bulls try out some new talent. This season is lost anyway.

  5. Inception July 10, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    If Hinrich can stay healthy and hold the fort down until Rose comes back, we’ll still be in the hunt for a high playoff seed.

    but as previously mentioned, we need more to be elite…

  6. starr365 July 10, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    The fact that you need at least 2 scorers and somebody coming off of the bench seems to be escaping the Bulls. Hinrich should be a solid backup. But the best just keep getting better. LA always seems to find a way of adding talent–luxury tax be damned. Same for Miami, Dallas and Boston. The Bulls front office just aren’t savvy in this area of the game.

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    Michael Hsu July 10, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    tyreke evans 2013. boozer gone use that money for tyreke.

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