Augustin hopes to be back with Bulls

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls point guard D.J. Augustin says he would like to return to the team next season.

"They told me that they wanted me back," Augustin said after Wednesday's team meetings. "And I really want to be back so we'll see how everything works out."

Augustin isn't sure how the financial figures will work out, but he has made it clear that he would like to come back.

"Yeah I mean, it's a business, you know," he said when asked about a potential hometown discount. "They definitely gave me an opportunity. I owe them a lot, and like I said, it's not always about the money. It's where you feel comfortable or where you fit in. I definitely want to be here and hopefully everything works out."

Picked up off waivers from the Toronto Raptors in December, Augustin gave the Bulls the playmaker they needed after Derrick Rose went down with a knee injury in November. Augustin averaged 14.9 points and 5 assists, mostly off the bench.

"We like D.J.," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "Again, had a really good meeting with him a little while ago. I think D.J.'s a fit. He's been a fit as far as his makeup and character, how he fit with our other guys and I think his game is a fit because of his ability to create and to score. But those are things, again, that will happen in July [when free agency begins]. We're hopeful we'll be in a position that D.J. will consider coming back and that we're in a position to have him back."

Forman didn't want to speculate if Augustin had priced himself out of the Bulls' price range and also wouldn't rule out the possibility of bringing back both fellow free agent Kirk Hinrich and Augustin.

"There are so many different ways this summer can go, depending on some of the decisions we make," Forman said. "It could be that we have just a little bit of flexibility, but there are different scenarios where we could have a lot of flexibility. I wouldn't want to completely rule that out by any means. We value Kirk and Kirk's been a big part of what we've done over the last nine or 10 years. So it would be our goal that we have Kirk back, also."

Augustin said he would like the chance to play alongside Rose next season.

"He can create and he can get people open shots, and I can create and get people open shots, so I think it will be good for us as a team and each other," Augustin said.