The point guard position has long been a headache for the Atlanta Hawks. But the team bolstered that spot on Wednesday by acquiring veteran Kirk Hinrich from the Washington Wizards.
The trade sends Hinrich and center Hilton Armstrong to Atlanta in exchange for point guard Mike Bibby, rookie forward Jordan Crawford, guard/forward Maurice Evans, and a first round draft pick. Despite earlier reports, the trade did not include Jamal Crawford.
Washington hadbeen hesitant to give up Hinrich, who was mentoring rookie John Wall this season. But apparently they felt that this combination of young and veteran talent, along with a first round pick, would be beneficial in the long term.
The 32 year old Bibby has not aged well, struggling on both ends. He is scoring below 10 ppg for the second consecutive year, and finding it harder and harder to stay in front of opposing point guards on defense.
Hinrich recently turned 30, but his defensive prowess is well documented. Other suitors for his services included the Los Angeles Lakers.