HoopsHype Kirk Hinrich rumors

December 14, 2012 Updates

The Bulls’ Kirk Hinrich, Taj Gibson, Marquis Teague, Nancy Reinsdorf, Leslie Forman, Larsa Pippen and Benny the Bull helped 20 teens from Gilda’s Club Chicago spend $100 gift cards courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods on Thursday evening. The Bulls were on hand at the Dick’s Sporting Goods store in Glenview to offer shopping tips for the teens and helped them pick out shoes, jerseys and other athletic gear for their holiday gifts. Before the shopping spree, the teens also enjoyed dinner provided by Bulls partners Vienna Beef and Hinckley Springs. NBA.com

November 14, 2012 Updates
November 13, 2012 Updates

Veteran Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich sounded hopeful but not definitive that he will be able to return to action Wednesday when the Bulls embark on a West Coast trip. Hinrich missed Monday night’s loss to Boston after suffering a muscular strain in his hamstring and gluteus area last weekend. He underwent an MRI on Monday. “I’m happy with the progress and I’ll just keep trying to get better,” Hinrich said Tuesday after practice at the Berto Center. Chicago Tribune

October 30, 2012 Updates

Guard Kirk Hinrich participated in all of Monday's practice after nursing a strained right groin for most of the week. The veteran seemed confident he'll be able to play in Wendesday's regular-season opener against the Sacramento Kings at the United Center. "As of right now, as long as I don't have any setbacks tomorrow, I plan on playing," Hinrich said. "I just felt that it was important for me today to go out and get some reps and just try to test it as much as I could." Chicago Sun-Times

October 24, 2012 Updates

The Bulls are under the hard salary cap restriction after using a portion of the midlevel salary cap exception to sign Kirk Hinrich. Candidates to be signed then include Jaric, Kyrylo Fesenko and other veterans without a job. Chicago Tribune

Thibs on Hinrich injury:"I don’t know how serious it is. If he needs time, he’ll get it. If he doesnt, he’ll play." Hinrich suffered a strained right groin at some point in the first half against the Thunder. He declined to speak to reporters. If Hinrich is sidelined, veteran Nate Robinson said he feels comfortable enough in the offense to play extended minutes. Robinson had eight points, four assists and three turnovers in close to 30 minutes. Sulia

October 16, 2012 Updates
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October 1, 2012 Updates

Derrick Rose's stance on not “recruiting” players came to an end this offseason during the Chicago Bulls' pursuit of Kirk Hinrich. “Kirk is someone I could see playing alongside a long time,” Rose said at Bulls media day on Monday. “When you’re a hooper and you know someone on the court is going into a battle with you, and he’s not giving up if he knows you are going to keep battling and I’m someone that will keep fighting to the end, and he’s the same as you, so why not have him on the team? Kirk is the first person I recruited.” ESPN.com

July 30, 2012 Updates
July 25, 2012 Updates

"The stars kind of had to be aligned," Hinrich said of his return. "I didn't have any preconceived notions coming into free agency that this would be my decision. It just worked out that way, and I'm happy it did." Chicago Tribune

July 23, 2012 Updates

Because the Bulls used a portion of the $5 million midlevel exception for Hinrich and the biannual exception to sign Bellinelli, it's impossible for the Bulls to match even Asik's $5 million starting salary and stay below the hard cap of $74.3 million. They will pay the luxury tax for the first time in franchise history. Chicago Tribune

KC Johnson: Hinrich: "I feel good, confident that my previous injuries are behind me. Chicago was the right decision for my Bball career and family." Twitter

Kenwood Academy product Nazr Mohammed will be signed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal to replace Asik, sources said. As for Hinrich, he turned down more years and money from the Milwaukee Bucks to return to the franchise that drafted him. Chicago Tribune

Nick Friedell: The Bulls make it official and sign Hinrich. The rest of their off-season dominoes will start to fall now. Twitter

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