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Wizards To Trade For Hinrich

In Trade Talk on June 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm

ESPN reports

The Chicago Bulls have a deal in place that would move Kirk Hinrich and the 17th pick to the Washington Wizards, freeing up enough cap space to pursue two maximum-salary players in this summer’s free-agent market, sources with knowledge of the Bulls’ plans said Thursday.

It wasn’t immediately clear what Washington would send to Chicago in the trade.

The deal can’t be officially consummated until July 8, when the Wizards will have room under the salary cap to absorb Hinrich’s $9 million contract without having to send back anything of similar value.

Since it’s a good-faith deal for the time being, there remains a chance it could fall apart. But according to one source, the Sacramento Kings are prepared to make a similar deal with the Bulls in the Wizards’ stead if that were to happen.

The Wizards are about to draft John Wall, the future of their franchise, and now they’re trying to acquire another point guard? With Gilbert Arenas still on the roster too? What in the world is Washington trying to do here?

This sounds like a great deal for the Bulls. Getting rid of Hinrich is a coup. He doesn’t come close to earning his paycheck, not in the role they’re asking him to fill.

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