Bulls bring Hunter into front office

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Lindsey Hunter has served as a glorified assistant coach for the Chicago Bulls for almost two years.

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.