The Chicago Bulls have to decide whether to match the Houston Rockets' offer for center Omer Asik, but in the meantime, they are chasing other free agents to fortify their backcourt. Among those is former draft pick Kirk Hinrich, currently with the Atlanta Hawks. The Bulls have reached out to Hinrich and offered him a deal, according to CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam:
It’s been reported that the organization reached out to former Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich at the outset of free agency and according to a person with knowledge of the situation, offered a deal at or just above the veteran’s minimum and below the "mini" mid-level exception, which could be under the desired price range.
The Bulls have three reserve guards -- Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson and Ronnie Brewer -- on non-guaranteed contracts, and they could potentially be released to find a cheaper alternative. The Bulls could elect to do this either to save money to bring Asik back or simply to create more room under the luxury tax in the future.
Hinrich struggled with injuries last year, averaging a career-low 6.6 points per game on 41 percent shooting.