Free agency roundup: Hinrich off the market?

Free agency roundup: Hinrich off the market?
July 8, 2012, 3:16 pm
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Those holding out hope that somehow - and inexplicably - Kirk Hinrich would return to D.C., you can stop now. The 31-year-old guardis indeed returning to one of his former teams as he will sign a two-year contract with the Chicago Bulls worth more than 6 million, the Chicago Tribune reports.Sure, Hinrich made for an ideal fit on a Wizards roster that lacks a veteran presence and perimeter potency behind John Wall. However,the ideathe 6-foot-4guard with solid defensive credentialswould join the still rebuilding squad seemed remote even ifhe posted career-lows in points (6.6) and 3-pointshooting (34.6) with Atlanta last season.That's the case even if the Wizards situation is seemingly on the rise compared to the dysfunction Hinrich witnessed when he played in Chinatown. By comparison the Bulls offer a better chance at the postseason in general plus a title shot in time when Derrick Rose returns from injury. There is also the playing time available with the 2011 NBA MVP likely sidelined for much of the 12-13 campaign.While the free agent crop of point guards loses one of its more well-known options, a solid reserve type will soon join the field. According to the Tribune, with Hinrich joining Rose and first-round pick Marquis Teague on the roster - yes, Kirk will help mentor another Kentucky rookie - the Bulls will not bring back C.J. Watson.The Bulls haveuntil July 10 deadline to pick up Watson's 3.2 million team option, but that's not happening now. In 49 games last season, the 6-foot-2 guard averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 assists in 24 minutes per game while shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc. With Rose often injured last season, Watson shared the Bulls point guard duties with John Lucas III, also a free agent.We should also note the Bulls have been linked to free agent Courtney Lee. While I still gauge them as faint, perhaps the Wizards odds of adding the four-year veteran guard just increased.Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C. area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at bstandig@comcast.net, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.