After years upon years of Kirk Hinrich-to-Portland rumors, ESPN’s Ric Bucher is reporting that the point guard is finally getting traded….to Washington:
The Chicago Bulls have a deal in place that would move Kirk Hinrich and the 17th pick to the Washington Wizards, freeing up enough cap space to pursue two maximum-salary players on this summer’s free-agent market, sources with knowledge of the Bulls’ plans said Thursday.
It wasn’t immediately clear what Washington would send to Chicago in the trade.
Remember when everyone wanted to trade Steve Blake and Travis Outlaw for Hinrich, and it kept coming out that the Bulls wanted more than that? Well now they’ve essentially traded Hinrich for the same cap space they would have received from those two, and considerations to be named at a later time.
For Washington, the deal makes little sense, as they sacrifice a ton of their financial flexibility with no big extensions — and thus no rush to spend — looming. It’s the type of move you can’t really see Kevin Pritchard, and especially Sam Presti, making, but one most of the available GM retreads that could replace KP would consider for Portland.