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Report: Warriors among teams interested in trading for Kirk Hinrich

Jan 7, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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It would be a mistake to use the word “tank” with any Tom Thibodeau coached team, because he would not allow his teams to roll over like that.

However, with the trade of Luol Deng it is clear Bulls management has moved on from trying to win this year (they brought the band back to make one run at the Heat, which blew up when Derrick Rose’s knee did) to planning for the future.

They are going to strip down this roster even further.

Which means Kirk Hinrich could get moved, reports Sam Amick at the USA Today.

While forward Carlos Boozer could be waived via the league’s amnesty clause during the offseason as yet another way to clear the Bulls’ books, it appears point guard Kirk Hinrich will be drawing the most immediate interest when it comes to the Bulls’ possible next move. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Golden State Warriors are among teams that had been showing serious interest in Hinrich long before the Deng trade. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because trade talks are typically private.

First and foremost, Hinrich is an expiring contract ($4 million this season) so he can be an affordable rental. Hinrich is a guy who in the past could do a little bit of everything — defend, knock down shots, set up the offense, shoot — but his game has started to drop off the past couple years. Maybe it’s injuries aging the 33-year-old’s body, but he is shooting just 34 percent overall and 28.6 percent from three this season.

Golden State continues to look for a replacement for Jarrett JackToney Douglas is not it. During the regular season the Curry/Douglas combo has been fine but the playoffs might be another matter and the Warriors have consistently looked for depth. Hinrich could fit that mold and not cost them much.

There likely will be other teams in that mix as well, and all those teams may be talking to Denver about Andre Miller as well.

The bottom line is look for the Bulls to be making a few more moves now that they have committed to this path.

  1. crownmethegoat - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    at least they realize they cant rely on rose anymore so liquidate assets and rebuild, smart organizations do this instead of hovering around .500 for 10 years

  2. blueintown - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    If Thibs is forced to bring Marquis Teague into the rotation his head might explode.

  3. philtration - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Come on Kurt…
    You mention that “Maybe it’s injuries aging the 33-year-old’s body, but he is shooting just 34 percent overall and 28.6 percent from three this season” but then you hint that getting rid of him is tanking?
    Keeping him is tanking.

    If they get anything at all for him it is a miracle and if they get nothing at all in return they still dump the salary that he is obviously not earning.

  4. bkbell3 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    Hinrich is a CAREER 40% shooter, never understood the hype for him,can’t stay with point guards and to small to cover sg.

  5. fanofevilempire - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:13 AM

    good thing we didn’t have to mention the word tank, good writing.

  6. csbanter - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    What could’ve been in Chi ?

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