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Hawks Get Hinrich

In Trade Talk on February 25, 2011 at 1:28 pm

ESPN reports

The struggling Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Kirk Hinrich from Washington in a five-player trade Wednesday, upgrading their backcourt for the playoff run.The Hawks also received forward Hilton Armstrong in exchange for guard Mike Bibby, rookie guard Jordan Crawford, swingman Maurice Evans and a first-round pick in this year’s draft.

“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.”

Thoughts

Excellent trade for Atlanta.

Kirk Hinrich gives them a legitimate starting PG. A very talented defensive player and solid enough offensive threat as a fourth/fifth option.

Mike Bibby has been a major liability for Atlanta for quite some time now. Moving him and bringing in a quality replacement is a major upgrade for Atlanta’s supporting cast.

This does cast some doubt on the Hawks ability to afford Jamal Crawford’s contract extension this summer though.

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