The NBA 2010 draft just ended and it was also the same stage Kirk Hinrich went through in 2003 having been picked as Chicago Bulls 7th overall pick. Now he will have to share the ball with the number one overall pick this year, John Wall after July 8 as he was dealt with the Bulls and their 17th pick (Kevin Seraphin) to the Washington Wizards and got the Wizards future second round pick and a bigger salary cap with Hinrich’s $9 million salary and now a major player in the free agency setting eyes on the Lebron James sweepstakes and another high profile player.
But it’s not Kirk’s concern anymore after 7 seasons with the Bulls and the thought of getting traded year after year he is finally free. Since he was seven years old Kirk was always the competitive type attending in a basketball camp playing well against older and taller children. Played quarterback and pitcher for a baseball team and led his highschool basketball team to an impressive 82-9 record.
The trade rumors started to surface when the Bulls drafted Derrick Rose making Hinrich’s role limited while coming off the bench. The Bulls were committed in defense that’s why Kirk amidst all the trade rumors continues to play with the Bulls not signing back Ben Gordon and releasing John Salmons it was clear they are pretty much committed also to Hinrich. But this year the Bulls have the chance to get all the help they needed… They are a good team but this is a chance for them to make them better and releasing Kirk’s $9 million salary without getting someone with the same amount in return could not only get them Lebron James but they could also land someone like Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh and playing along with their all star point guard Derrick Rose looks like a fantasy basketball roster.
Now Kirk will be playing alongside a rookie who has a lot of upside and a projected point guard of the future who plays more like Rose, John Wall. The Wizards like to have someone like Hinrich who plays defense pretty well and a cerebral point guard who can shoot being the Bulls all time leader in three point field goals. Moving Gilbert Arenas for a possible trade or have a small and defensive trio in Wall, Arenas and Hinrich playing as small forward.
All transactions would be completed in July 8; still a lot of time to think about, decisions can still be altered… The Bulls parted ways with captain Kirk not because they don’t want him but because it was a need for them to change and they have been holding Kirk for too long and now it’s his time to shine in a different environment, different coaching staff and different role. 2003 was years behind, there was no need for him to compete with the older guys anymore like the way he was competing while he was still 7 years old in a basketball camp… He knows his role when guiding Derrick Rose and now John Wall…
In the end it was all about business and the Bulls had to do the right thing.
April 25 was the Bulls last home game losing to Cleveland by 23 points as Hinrich scored only 10 points but delivered 2 out of his 3 three point shots. Kirk looks at the rafters with six championship banners hanging in the United Center unmindful that it was his last Bulls game… He would love to see one banner added to the Wizards lone championship banner… somewhere down the line basketball is all about winning it’s all about chasing championships and for Kirk a fresh start on a Wizards uniform.