When the Chicago Bulls dealt All-Star forward Luol Deng earlier in the week, it was more than a simple trade – the once title-hopefuls made a statement, putting its realistic financial goals over their impractical ambitions to win.
While forward Carlos Boozer may be waived during the offseason due to the league’s amnesty clause, his teammate Kirk Hinrich is bound to leave Chicago sooner. The guard has quite a few teams interested in him, including the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors have won ten straight games to propel its record to 24-13 and have captured possession of first place in the Pacific Division to overtake the Los Angeles Clippers, but are still searching for a point guard to backup star Stephen Curry.
Hinrich, 33 is making $4 million in the final year of his contract. The former No. 7 overall pick has appeared in 27 games for Chicago this season, averaging 7.8 points on 34 percent shooting while dishing out 4.7 assists and grabbing down 2.8 rebounds in over 30 minutes per contest.
It is still unclear whether the word “tank” is in the vocabulary of Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau, but look out for Chicago to continue to make moves that align with the team’s future plans.
Trade information via Sam Amick of USA Today