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Stein: Lakers may be interested in Kirk Hinrich. Laker fans, you may now be depressed.

Mar 2, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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From’s Marc Stein:

Keep an eye on Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich. If the Lakers can’t make a splashy move for the elite point guard they crave — a long shot at best at this point — and can’t swing a deal for top fallback choice Ramon Sessions, taking Hinrich and his $8.1 million salary into their $8.9 million Lamar Odom trade exception is a natural move to give L.A. some semblance of an upgrade in the backcourt going into the postseason.

The Hawks, as always, want to reduce payroll and would gladly take a future draft pick back for Hinrich, who’s no longer part of their plans. The Lakers, though, are rather skittish themselves about adding payroll these days, which is why they gave Odom away to the rival Mavericks in the first place and could actually prevent them from doing anything.

L.A. would naturally want Atlanta to take back some salary in a Hinrich deal, but there’s zero chance of that happening.

For the Lakers, the main reason to do this trade would be that they desperately need someone who can provide penetration and outside shooting, and Hinrich is indeed a point guard. On the other hand, Kirk Hinrich has not been playing basketball well. At all. Which is an issue.

Hinrich was an extremely promising young guard in the 06-07 season, when he scored 16.6 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field and 41.5% from beyond the arc while playing excellent defense, but has been in a kind of downward spiral ever since. This year, the 31-year old Hinrich is averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 assists per game on 34.0%/23.7%/57.1% shooting, and has an abysmal PER of 7.17.

There’s a chance that Hinrich could re-find his old form playing with Bryant, Gasol, and Bynum, but this would be the definition of a desperation trade for the Lakers.

  1. cured76 - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    This would be a terrible, terrible move. He isn’t a long term solution, he ain’t young, he costs a lot. Did Jim’s buddy Chaz sign off on this? lol

  2. cinnalocks - Mar 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Sessions is the move to make. Not some old has been. They already have Steve Blake and that surely did not work out.

  3. limonadamas - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    I guess this is what happens when you don’t scout NBA games anymore…

  4. rotaylla - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    If this info is right he will be a good pick-up for the Lakers, as playing with Kobe, bynum and the other guys may rejuvinate his sagging career…

  5. lakerluver - Mar 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Ok, no disrespect to KH, but this is the LAKERS we’re talking about here!! Arguably the best franchise in all of sports and this is the best we can do?!! WTF is going on?! I detest David Stern for vetoing the CP3 trade. The LAKERS should try like heck to get Scola and Lowery from the Rockets for Pau and whatever else we’d need to do to make the deal happen. Scola may not be as skilled as Pau but Lowery would be the real prize of that potential deal.

    • juanandonly24 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      Maybe the front office is starting to realize you can’t just throw money at the problem to fix it…

  6. stadix093 - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    I would literally rather have nobody before KH.

  7. urodaddy07 - Mar 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Adding him wouldnt hurt except in the pocket. It just wouldn’t help either. This would be a lateral step, not a forward one.

  8. butterednuts86 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I just dont understand why the front office seems like it has no intent on making any SMART MOVES!!! It just seems like they wanna save money instead of trying to get Kobe and Mike Brown some decent pieces to compliment him, Gasol, and Bynum… And its Jim Buss not Much Kupchack thats fuckin shit up.

  9. kerby720 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Ramon Sessions should be our #1 priority. He’s younger, more athletic, and cheaper than Hinrich. I still think that if the Lakers got Sessions and Beasley, they’d be fine.

  10. losangelasbasketball - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Dont panic laker fans, jim buss’s mullet is on our side….

  11. 00maltliquor - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Horrible. This does nothing for me. This is Steve Blake all over again…..

    • chuckj1234 - Mar 3, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      He is better than Fisher.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:15 AM

        My mom is better then Fisher, but a 31 year old on the decline with no athletisism with a large contract is NOT what the Lakers need…we got plenty of that already. Why split hairs? Especially when it’s already clear the team is not willing to take on money when they could have gotten Michael Beasley for JUST a 1st round (20+) draft pick. Not saying Beasley’s the answer or that I even want him but that would have been a steal.

      • 00maltliquor - Mar 3, 2012 at 2:40 AM

        And another thing, have you seen Kirk play this year? We are better off playing Goudelock and/or Morris and let them develope over a guy that 8 milli and slightly better then the trainwreck we have now. Just because he’s better then Fish/Blake well…that’s really not saying much. He’s not the answer. (And I’m not talking about A.I.)

  12. detroitcityryda - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Damn what happened to this guy I forgot about he ever played in the nba.

  13. gmsalpha - Mar 2, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Kirk Heinrich? Who are you guys, the Los Angeles Pacers?

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:00 PM

      thats funny as hell and so true. not sure what point Jim Buss is trying to make with this squad but its not working, even with Dwight this team isn’t going anywhere without a solid guard. Hinrich will offer more than Steve Blake, he’s a solid defender (when healthy) but in this guard era speed rules and even a healthy Hinrich is too slow for CP3, D Rose, Westbrook, D Will etc..

  14. AlohaMrHand - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    is Sedale Threatt doing anything?

  15. glink123 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    The more I think about it, the more I realize that John Paxon is the most underrated NBA executive in the league. Think about it. Eddy Curry. Jamal Crawford, Kirk Hinrich. Ben Gordon. All players that wanted max-contracts, or in Hinrich’s case, we’re recently given near-max-contracts. Paxon dumps the dead weight before the rest of the league figures out they’re dead weight. Paxon is a great evaluator of long-term talent projections. See DRose. See Joakim Noah. See Omer Asik. See Taj Gibson. He’s built a powerhouse roster of young, coachable players, who play with great team chemistry, and he’s handled the salary cap in a way that allows the team to reward and retain their young stars.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 3, 2012 at 10:09 PM

      when u crunch the numbers though, they probably wont be able to keep this nucleus intact for long. Korver, Boozer, Deng, Brewer all have big contracts not to mention DRose and Noah. It’s gonna be interesting to see them keep Taj and Omer, both would get nice offers on the free agent market. I know Omer isn ‘t Dwight but he’s a mobile big with a decent not great skillset, and Taj is a beast coming off the bench, no sure how he would fare starting though, but both are commodities in their positions. We’ll see how smart Gar/Pax really is real soon.

  16. bebopa - Mar 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    the lakers dont need this guy, if they can get Sessions they should stand pat.

  17. chitownrose - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    kirk is a great gaurd..he hasnt had a very productive season scoring the ball but he can still penetrate and get his own shot while getting the ball to his bigs..and lets be honest he is a much better improvement over derek fisher..taller,faster,younger..the lakers are getting NO production out of there PG position and kirk would def help in that area

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