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Monday, May 12, 2014
Bulls player reviews: Kirk Hinrich

By Nick Friedell

Kirk Hinrich
Kirk Hinrich played in 73 games this season, his most in five years.

Kirk Hinrich

2013-14 salary: $4,059,000 | Age: 33 | Season stats: 9.1 ppg, 3.9 asst.

Season recap: Hinrich played in 73 games and was steady for a Bulls team that needed his veteran leadership. After dealing with so many different injuries over the past few seasons, the Bulls were thrilled that Hinrich was able to stay on the floor and produce -- especially after Derrick Rose went down.

Season highlight: Hinrich scored 19 points and dished out four assists in a March 13 win over the Houston Rockets.

Season lowlight: In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, a game the Bulls had to have to even the series, Hinrich was just 3-for-12 from the field and turned the ball over four times. The Bulls ended up losing that game and ultimately lost the series.

Final grade: B-

Notes: The turning point in Hinrich's season came around Christmas. After sitting out several games because of injury, Tom Thibodeau decide he would start limiting Hinrich's minutes. Instead of playing 40 minutes on some nights, Hinrich started playing somewhere between 25-30. It changed the direction of his season.

Quotable: "I grew up a Bull in this league. I will always think of myself as a Chicago Bull no matter what happens. Just moving forward, I have a great relationship with a lot of my teammates here who are coming back. The organization, there's definitely a lot of history there." -- Hinrich said last week after his final media session.

What's next?: Hinrich could very well be back in Chicago next year if he decides to take a pay cut for around the veteran's minimum. He likes being in Chicago and the Bulls' front office enjoys having him around.