Kirk Hinrich is on the move again. The former Bull who was traded during the summer to Washington so the Bulls could clear cap space is headed to Atlanta.
The Wizards sent Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong to the Hawks in exchange for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford and Maurice Evans. Atlanta will also send a first round pick to the Wizards.
With all the big names being traded this move is being overlooked but in my opinion this is a great move for the Hawks. Hinrich will finally be paired with a real SG who has some size and can defend. Hinrich will be able to focus on playing defense and just dishing the ball to the likes of Joe Johnson, Josh Smith and Al Horford.
Atlanta had to do something as they are currently in 5th in the East with the Knicks adding Melo and with a team many viewed as already peaking.
"We felt we had a good opportunity to improve our ballclub by adding Kirk and Hilton," Hawks general manager Rick Sund said. "Kirk is a well-rounded player that gives us options at both guard positions. In addition to being a solid and hard-nosed defender, he is a good shooter who can also distribute the ball. His resume includes significant playoff experience as well. Hilton can play both center and power forward, and will add frontcourt depth."
Kirk being paired with Joe Johnson is a great backcourt in my mind. Either can handle the ball and for many years I dreamed of the two being the starting backcourt for the Bulls.
Depending on where the Hawks and Bulls end up we could be looking at a possible first round matchup of Kirk facing his former team.
Hinrich will be an upgrade over Bibby is almost every way. He is currently averaging 11.1 points 4.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 45.2% from the field. All those numbers are superior to Bibby. The only area Bibby has been better then Kirk is in the 3pt shooting department where he is shooting 44% compared to Hinrich's 38%.
I definately will be more interested in the Bulls-Hawks matchups as the two teams have yet to face off this season and have three matchups on the schedule. The first matchup will be March 2 in Atlanta.