I'm new to BlogABull, but I've cruised the site for a while; I've really enjoyed reading the posts and comments. (I actually also quite like the edginess and hostility that somtimes color the discussions) As an admitted Hinrich fan, I thought there should be a post devoted to discussing his future, because I think it's a pretty important topic for the Bulls this summer.
What do you guys think the Bulls should do with Kirk? Also, what do you think they actually WILL do with Kirk? I would really like to see him get traded to a competivie team that would give him the opportunity to start at the point. He makes for a damn good sixth man, but he is indeed overpaid for such a role. And, as a (perhaps rare) fan of both Hinrich and Gordon, I would like to see Ben back in a Bulls uniform next year (though I would love to see just how awesome he would be playing for a competent offensive coach).
So, do you think Hinrich should be traded? If it becomes certain that Ben is not returning, do you still think Hinrich should be traded? And, if he doesn't get traded, what do you think his role with the Bulls should be? I've heard some talk about Kirk possibly starting at the 2 guard, but I figure that's pretty much certainly not going to happen. Even if Ben departs, I assume that Salmons will then start at the 2 and Deng will be back at the starting 3 spot.
I'm really curious to hear people's thoughts on the matter. I truly think Kirk can be an elite pg in the league, and I'd like to see him get the chance on a team other than the Bulls. Everyone knows about his defensive abilities, and I think his offensive ability is often overlooked, partly due to the fact that at times he seems to totally lose confidence on the offensive end and make himself a nonentity. But when he's keyed in, we all know he can shoot, and I think his ability to create is underrated. More than once have I seen Kirk perform a sick little crossover and then drill a midrange jumper.