Kirk Hinrich has agreed to return to the Chicago Bulls, sources tell K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. The 31-year-old combo guard is expected to sign a two-year deal worth just over $6 million once the NBA's moratorium on free agent signings is lifted on July 11.
Hinrich, originally drafted by the Bulls in 2003, spent the first seven years of his career in Chicago before being traded to Washington following the 2009-10 season. He played only 48 games for the Wizards in 2010-11 before a midseason trade to the Atlanta Hawks. In 48 games with the Hawks last year, Hinrich averaged just 25.8 minutes, 6.6 points and 2.8 assists per game -- all career-low marks and well below his career averages of 33.0, 12.5 and 5.4, respectively.
As Johnson notes, Hinrich's versatility should help the Bulls in 2012-13:
Hinrich solves the Bulls' primary need for a combo guard who can start at point guard while Derrick Rose rehabilitates from knee surgery, then slide over to shooting guard to back up Richard Hamilton and play alongside Rose eventually.
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