Atlanta Hawks: Bibby for Hinrich in five-player deal

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Phoenix–After striking out in their efforts to acquire point guards Devin Harris and Raymond Felton, the Hawks agreed to terms with the Wizards on a trade for veteran Kirk Hinrich and athletic big man Hilton Armstrong, the team announced tonight.

As part of the deal, the Hawks sent Mike Bibby, rookie Jordan Crawford, swingman Mo Evans and their 2011 first-round draft pick to the Wizards.

Bibby, Crawford and Evans were informed of the trade prior to the team’s game against Phoenix tonight. Jeff Teague replaced Bibby in the starting lineup.

Hawks coach Larry Drew declined to comment on the trade before the game because it wasn’t yet official.

The Bulls selected Hinrich, 30, with the seventh overall pick out of Kansas in the 2003 draft. The Bulls traded him to Washington last summer along with Kevin Seraphin.

The Hawks expect Hinrich to shore up their weak perimeter defense, which has put stress on the team defense as players constantly scramble to help against dribble penetration. Like Bibby, Hinrich is a good spot-up shooter but is a better playmaker off the dribble and should help Atlanta’s fast break.

The Hawks also hope Hinrich (6-4, 190), who’s earned a reputation as a hard-nosed player, will provide toughness and leadership. He and Marvin Williams went at it during a game in Chicago last season, with both earning technical fouls.

“I’ve always been a super fan of Kirk,” Williams said. “Watching him at Kansas, he just competes, man. In college, coach [Roy] Williams would always make reference to Kirk Hinrich and say he has that toughness and that attitude.”

Armstrong (6-11, 235 pounds) is limited offensively and doesn’t rebound well for his size. But he’s an athletic leaper who could find a role helping the Hawks protect the rim, which also is a weakness (especially when Josh Smith is not in the game).

“I think in the paint he can block some shots and be able to add that inside presence and help us out down there a little bit,” Smith said.

The trade is another move for the Hawks that could help them now at the expense of future flexibility and development of young players.

Both Armstrong and Evans’ contracts expire after the season. Hinrich is scheduled to make $8 million next season compared to salaries of $6.2 million for Bibby and $1.1 million for Crawford . That would add roughly $700,000 to Atlanta’s estimated $65 million in committed salaries for 2011-12.

The Hawks also had to part with the draft pick and Crawford, whom they acquired in a draft night trade in 2010 after the Nets selected him No. 27 overall. The shooting guard had played sparingly this season, appearing in just 16 of 56 games.

Finally, the trade is the latest indication that the Hawks don’t intend to give Teague a larger role. Teague, the No. 19 overall pick in the 2009 draft, had played in 46 of 56 games for an average of 11.6 minutes entering the game tonight.

The Hawks acquired Hinrich after a wide search for a trading partner in an urgent attempt to acquire a point guard.

A league source with knowledge of Atlanta’s inquiries said the team tried to swing a trade for Harris before the Nets sent him to Utah in a deal that got them All-Star Deron Williams. The source said the Hawks also were rebuffed when they inquired about point guard Raymond Felton after New York traded him to the Nuggets as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade.

The Hawks also had interest in Cleveland point guard Ramon Sessions, according to the source.

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951 comments Add your comment

Nique's Revenge

February 23rd, 2011
7:54 pm

yessssss first and byeeeeeeebye bibby!!!!!!!!

Nique's Revenge

February 23rd, 2011
7:55 pm

now let’s keep this trade train rollin’
who else can we get rid of?

JC44

February 23rd, 2011
7:56 pm

Gave up too much for marginal improvement.

Jae Evolution

February 23rd, 2011
7:56 pm

Let’s see what we can get for Jamal now?

honest_abe

February 23rd, 2011
7:56 pm

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

heh i actually think hinrich’s goin to help now if we can only get rid of josh “the jumper” smith

joe

February 23rd, 2011
7:57 pm

they’re still awful

gcs

February 23rd, 2011
7:57 pm

was_a_hawks_fan_til_they_traded_Nique.

February 23rd, 2011
7:57 pm

More of the same…

The Hawks are doomed! Face it, we will be salary strangled for years to come with no chance to improve. Someone pleease tell me I am wrong.

gcs

February 23rd, 2011
7:57 pm

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GT Trumpet

February 23rd, 2011
7:57 pm

Shocking that they actually made a move!

was_a_hawks_fan

February 23rd, 2011
7:58 pm

I hate getting rid of first round picks.

Jae Evolution

February 23rd, 2011
7:59 pm

JC44 What did we really lose though? Constant dribble penetration from Bibby, terrible season for the “undervalued one”, Jordan who has seen maybe 30 minutes this whole season, and a first round pick who we would probably waste anyways?

Zach

February 23rd, 2011
7:59 pm

NOT MIKE BIBBBBYYYY!!!!!

BosnianBaller

February 23rd, 2011
7:59 pm

Gave up too much

Ray

February 23rd, 2011
8:00 pm

Horrible Trade I’m watching the wiz now Jordan Crawford will become a beast of the east just watch and wait.

was_a_hawks_fan

February 23rd, 2011
8:00 pm

That’s the problem Jae, we always ‘waste’ picks.

South Ga. Boy in the Atl

February 23rd, 2011
8:00 pm

Don’t think he’s an ultimate answer but much like getting Bibby 3 yrs ago was an improvement and a jump start to this sad team, I believe this will give the same jolt to the hawks now. It’s improvement and at least it’s doing something. Sund has a pulse I guess. I wonder how the big man fits in or was he just a “throw in”

Nique's Revenge

February 23rd, 2011
8:00 pm

bibbyyyyy GET to steppin’
buwahahahah finally!

Mr. Riley

February 23rd, 2011
8:00 pm

what a terrible move…the wizards are the laughing stock for a reason…and on top of that why give a first round pick for a middle of the road point guard and center who is virtually an unknown?? this team baffles me…

K.W.

February 23rd, 2011
8:01 pm

Sad to see Mike go, but how does this make the Hawks better?

Baller

February 23rd, 2011
8:01 pm

It still docent matter its like trading clones cept for better defense

tee

February 23rd, 2011
8:02 pm

Man, I was hoping we get Aaron Brooks from Houston!!

Luke M

February 23rd, 2011
8:02 pm

Great move. It’ll be nice to have someone in the back court who can actually defend now.

RealSquawk

February 23rd, 2011
8:02 pm

How do people so inept have so much money. I think I should stop paying so much attention to sports and try to make some money cause I can’t do anything sitting here. And I want a championship in ATlanta

JC44

February 23rd, 2011
8:03 pm

Jae Evolution – Even if JC2 is on the pine and we waste the future 1st, those are still two assets that we could have used anywhere else. To give them BOTH for Hinrich and a filler, is too much. I won’t argue that it was time to move Bibby and Mo, but come on.

Garbage Point Guards

February 23rd, 2011
8:03 pm

We just gave a first round pick for this garbage guy, the hawks are the dumbest organization in the NBA

Cathy

February 23rd, 2011
8:04 pm

bad move to give up 1sr round draft pick. jordan crawford is gonna come back to haunt the hawks, just wait and see

Neil

February 23rd, 2011
8:04 pm

Hawks organization is broken! Why give up some much for two MARGINAL players… This organization is a BIG JOKE. You can find a good point gaurd on the streets of Atlanta…

was_a_hawks_fan

February 23rd, 2011
8:04 pm

Amen to that…the Hawks are stuuuuuuuuuupid!

Adrian howard

February 23rd, 2011
8:05 pm

That’s why the hawks is still gonna be horrible cause they keep making these drunk decisions”…….knowing that they don’t need no more points guards……..

Falcons Fan

February 23rd, 2011
8:05 pm

I know Bibby makes way too much money, but how does this make us any better??? I sure hope this is just part of the deal to another trade that will come soon…. There is no way this makes us better… Wow…

Point Guard

February 23rd, 2011
8:05 pm

Ok Where is Marvin Williams going?

Leo

February 23rd, 2011
8:05 pm

You guys a trip at least give it 10 games before you start talking ish!

Andre

February 23rd, 2011
8:05 pm

Why are we getting rid of Jordan Crawford? I’m not worried at all about the first round pick considering that given our record it won’t be a very good pick anyway, and our scouts seemingly do a poor job of evaluating talent in the draft (outside of choosing Al Horford, the draft choices have been quite disappointing). However, while Hinrich for Bibby is still a nice deal, I don’t like giving up Jordan who looks like a guy with a lot of potential and a great mentality. He’s one of the few young players with a highly competitive nature and no fear.

If we were getting Blatche or McGee I wouldn’t mind, but Hilton Armstrong will probably just waste away on our bench. I doubt L.D. will give him much of a chance. I really hope the Hawks make additional trades beyond this before the deadline.

mountain_jim

February 23rd, 2011
8:05 pm

don’t like losing a 1 pick – regardless of how much Sund would mess it up.

Jae Evolution

February 23rd, 2011
8:06 pm

JC44 – I see where you’re coming from, I would’ve preferred one or the other but I’m not going to hang my head until I see Jordan Crawford unleashed for the Wizards and what he can bring to the table then I will say we gave too much.

Stef

February 23rd, 2011
8:06 pm

Mr. Riley said it best….

So who exactly had a gun to Rick Sund when he signed off on the trade? And why give up on Jordan Crawford when we didn’t even give him a chance to develop

Please move the franchise and bring somebody else team here so we can have some real owners!

Garbage Point Guards

February 23rd, 2011
8:06 pm

We could have gave up Jordan and Jamal with a first round pick and got Deron Williams

bigeasy830

February 23rd, 2011
8:07 pm

Terrible trade, Jordan Crawford will be a good player in this league he could have help replace the loss of Jamaal Crawford after you lose him to free agency. Kirk Hinrich is not much better than Bibby but makes much more and The center you got is a slug. The Hawks GM is starting to run the team in the ground just like he ran the Supersonics in the ground and out of Seattle.

Am

February 23rd, 2011
8:07 pm

I can’t believe some of you are crying about losing a late round draft pick. The Hawks will never make u guys happy. Crying over Bibby and a draft pick….smh

Mike10

February 23rd, 2011
8:07 pm

It seems like were all on the same page get Marvin’s a$$ out next.

slimjr

February 23rd, 2011
8:08 pm

“Hawks organization is broken! Why give up some much for two MARGINAL players… This organization is a BIG JOKE. You can find a good point guard on the streets of Atlanta…”
LOL
I cosign.. Sund= Fail……………………………..

Richard Denson

February 23rd, 2011
8:08 pm

Don’t worry Atlanta this summer, Andrei “AK-47″ will be taking his talents to Atlanta and give the Hawks what they need in a small forward

Andre

February 23rd, 2011
8:08 pm

By the way, for those of you saying that this trade doesn’t make us any better, keep in mind that in the present time (right now), this trade does not make us any worse. Hinrich is no worse on either end of the floor than Bibby. Down the road, if Crawford ends up being a quality starter this may end up being a bad move, Right now though, this definitely doesn’t hurt the team.

atl

February 23rd, 2011
8:08 pm

I think that is a good trade we got rid of Mo “garbage” Evans he has like the 2nd lowest small forward efficiency rating that is just terrible. Btw trade Marvin “The Duck” Williams

slimjr

February 23rd, 2011
8:09 pm

“We could have gave up Jordan and Jamal with a first round pick and got Deron Williams”

Sund you stick dude as GM………………….

UGAKev

February 23rd, 2011
8:09 pm

This basically keeps the hawks the same as they were before the trade as far as being good. Man we are stupid with money

Ken Strickland

February 23rd, 2011
8:09 pm

I’m going to miss Bibby. He was a clutch player that won a lot of gms for us. It wasn’t his fault MWoodson and LDrew insisted on forcing him into playing and doing more than he could handle. Good luck Mike.

slimjr

February 23rd, 2011
8:09 pm

MIke Bibby

February 23rd, 2011
8:09 pm

You Glad I’m Gone…. HAHAHAA I’m glad I’m gone away from the Loser Spirit Owners!