The Chicago Bulls are down a point guard. Kirk Hinrich is injured. Larry Hughes is injured, and also not a point guard. This much we know to be true. We also know that Derrick Rose is battling some minor injury issues, and there is slight concern that Rose might not be as durable as his lithe young frame would suggest.
The solution? Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls: Lindsey Hunter.
The Chicago Bulls today signed Lindsey Hunter. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Hunter, a 6-2, 195-pound guard, will be with the Bulls tonight when they host the Dallas Mavericks at the United Center at 7:30 p.m.
Here are a few things you might know about Lindsey Hunter: He is 37 years old. He's played on a variety of NBA teams, is known as a tremendous on-ball defender, and is not much of an offensive threat, beyond the occasional streakiness at three. His most recent employers were the Detroit Pistons, so he is not entirely unfamiliar.
Here are some things you might not know about Lindsey Hunter, that you may or may not find interesting: Lindsey Hunter has a special status in the heart of uber-popular ESPN sportswriter Bill Simmons, who invented the "Lindsey Hunter All-Stars" to capture the special charms of male athletes whose names make them sound like attractive females. (Other examples include Andrea Bargnani, Ashley Lelie, and many others.) Another weird/fun fact: Hunter was also recently embroiled in a strange fraud case, in which some shady operators claiming to represent Hunter suckered a guy making $35,000 into buying a $1.2 million house. Hunter claims that he had nothing to do with it. Weird.
In any case, enough with the fun facts. The signing is pretty straightforward -- the Bulls get a defensively minded guard to both replace Hinrich and provide some occasional rest for wunderkind Derrick Rose, and Hunter gets to earn money for playing basketball. Sounds fair to us.