Bulls sign G Kirk Hinrich to multi-year extension

Oct 31, 2006 - 10:41 PM CHICAGO (Ticker) - Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, who has raised his scoring average and shooting percentage in each of his first three seasons, signed a multi-year contract extension Tuesday, the team announced.

Financial terms were not disclosed. However, the Chicago Tribune reported the deal is for five years and $47.5 million, putting it in line with extensions given over the last couple of years to Phoenix forward Boris Diaw and Detroit forward Tayshaun Prince.

Tuesday was the deadline for the Bulls to sign Hinrich to an extension. Had they not, he could have become a restricted free agent next summer.

Hinrich, 25, has been a starter since the Bulls selected him seventh overall in the 2003 draft. He has career averages of 14.6 points, 6.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 234 games, including 224 starts.

The 6-3 Hinrich was named to the All-Rookie Team in 2004, when he averaged 12.0 points and 6.8 assists. He has helped the Bulls reach the postseason each of the last two years, averaging 15.9 points and shooting 41.8 percent - both career highs - last season.

A late addition to Team USA this summer, Hinrich averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in the World Championships as the Americans won a bronze medal.

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