- Nick Friedell, Chicago Bulls beat reporter
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Now the title is official.
Just two days after being waived by the team, the Bulls announced that they have hired Hunter as a player development assistant.
"During his time with the Bulls, Lindsey has been very valuable to our team in a number of ways," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said in a statement. "With his experience and knowledge of the game, along with the relationships that he has built with our players, I have no doubt he will be an asset to the team."
The 17-year NBA veteran has served as a mentor to Derrick Rose and several other young teammates since his arrival last season, and this could pave the way for a coaching future.
"This move is a natural progression for me," Hunter said in the statement. "Not only will it help our team in the short term, but I hope that it will reap rewards over the long term as well.
"I am pleased to remain a member of the Bulls organization."
Hunter played sparingly this season, but served as a sounding board for many of his teammates throughout the year.
"Never in a million years would I have thought that I would play as long as I have," he said after Wednesday's practice. "It was truly a blessing for me. Every situation I've been in was great for me. I never look back at one situation and say I regret anything. Basketball has truly blessed me in that aspect and I'm real, real thankful for that."
Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for ESPNChicago.com.
Chicago Bulls hire Lindsey Hunter as a player development assistant