Kirk Hinrich Traded To Hawks For Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, First-Round Pick

The Atlanta Hawks have upgraded at point guard, sending Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford and a draft pick to the Wizards for Kirk Hinrich.

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Jordan Crawford Traded To Wizards, Will Hope To Follow Nick Young's Footsteps

Jordan Crawford was traded to the Washington Wizards late Wednesday in a deal that sent Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks. Mike Bibby also went to the Wizards, giving Washington just a touch of cap relief, as both Bibby and Hinrich are signed through the 2011-12 season. Still, because Hinrich is a better player than Bibby, the Wizards needed some incentive to make the swap. That came in the form of Crawford, the No. 27 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, and a 2011 first-round pick that will land in the high teens or low 20s.

Crawford starred at Xavier, averaging more than 20 points per game, before making himself eligible for the draft. But he's certainly most famous for his dunking ability, and in particular his dunk on LeBron James during a Nike event that led to some wild conspiracy to keep video of said dunk a secret.

But on the court, Crawford looks like be a solid complementary scorer at the two-guard. In Washington, that spot is currently manned by Nick Young, who has exploded this season, averaging 17.5 points per game on about league-average shooting efficiency. Crawford hasn't played much in Atlanta, just as Young had trouble staying on the floor his rookie season under Eddie Jordan. But in those limited minutes, Crawford has shown to be similar to Young in relying primarily on long jumpers -- three-pointers, mostly -- to get his offense. Both can get to the rim; Young's dunks are almost as famous as those of Crawford. But they like to shoot first.

Young will be a restricted free agent at season's end. If the Wizards won't or can't keep him, Crawford will be there waiting in the wings. If Washington decides to make Young the starting two-guard for the near-future, Crawford will be there waiting for his opportunity, just as Young did before him.

For more trade analysis, visit Bullets Forever and SB Nation D.C.


Kirk Hinrich Trade To Atlanta Hawks Made Official

The Kirk Hinrich trade to the Atlanta Hawks has now been made official, with both the Hawks and Washington Wizards issuing press releases announcing the move. The Wizards receive guards Mike Bibby and Jordan Crawford, forward Maurice Evans and a first-round pick in exchange for Hinrich and center Hilton Armstrong.

The trade gives the Hawks an upgrade at the point guard position and improves their perimeter defense, all while trimming salary this season and adding only $500,000 next season. For the Wizards, this turns a veteran that does not fit into their long-term rebuilding efforts into a first-round pick and a player in Crawford that was a first-round pick last year.

SB Nation's Wizards blog Bullets Forever likes a lot of things about the trade, but is still only lukewarm about it.

Given the option between trading Hinrich to get an additional first-round pick and a marginal prospect or keeping Hinrich, forgetting the marginal prospect and simply buying another pick, I'd choose option B.  That's why I'm pretty lukewarm about this one.        


Kirk Hinrich Traded To Hawks For Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, First-Round Pick, According To

The Atlanta Hawks are a forgotten team in the Eastern Conference, but they have made a move to upgrade as they push for a high playoff seed. They have reportedly acquired Kirk Hinrich from the Washington Wizards in a trade involving a package centered around Mike Bibby

David Aldridge of was the first to report the parameters of the trade, which also involves the Wizards receiving the Hawks' 2011 first-round pick and Jordan Crawford

Wiz trading Hinrich/Hilton Armstrong 2 ATL 4 Jordan Crawford, Bibby, Mo Evans, first    

The trade provides the Hawks with a defensive upgrade at point guard, where Bibby had lost a step. Hinrich has bounced back and is having the best shooting year of his career, and he has plenty of playoff experience. It's a definite upgrade for them, and they only add $500,000 to their payroll for next season.

The Wizards, meanwhile, continue their philosophy of rebuilding around young talent and stockpiling draft picks. Hinrich was not turning them into a playoff contender, and they were able to get younger by trading him. The team seems to covet Crawford, and the first-round pick is likely to be in the late teens or early 20s. 

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