With Luol Deng now gone, it’s pretty clear what the Chicago Bulls plan on doing the rest of the season – TANK.
Not only does that entail losing, but also the gutting of ones team’s current roster. Deng is gone, now it’s Kirk Hinrich’s turn to get traded?
Well, according to reports, that is exactly what is about to happen.
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.
Hinrich’s expiring contract is what will attract the interest – especially from contenders that are one veteran player away from becoming real players come May. And not only is Hinrich a veteran, but he is also capable of filling a role. He’s essentially the three-tool prototypical role player of the NBA – he can shoot, defend and run a second unit. He’s not going to put up “spectacular numbers”, but he’s going to get the job done.
Golden State continues to look for a replacement for Jarrett Jack — Toney 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.