Once a Hawk, Mike Bibby could become a big man in Miami

Will the little man become LeBron's new little buddy? (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Will the little man become LeBron's new little buddy? (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Mike Bibby might just have found a way to the Eastern Conference finals. He couldn’t get there it as a Hawk, but from Chris Broussard of ESPN comes word that Bibby, last seen being grumpy over being traded to Washington, might take his talents …

To South Beach.

I mean, doesn’t everybody?

Broussard reports that Bibby has bought his way out of his remaining contract with the Wizards and has, in what is described as “a stunning move” agree to forfeit his $6.2 million salary for next season to become a free agent now. Writes Broussard:

Bibby is eager to sign with a title-contending team after clearing waivers, and sources say the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Portland Trail Blazers are interested in him.

Bibby will clear waivers on Wednesday. While [agent David] Falk said Bibby has not made a decision yet about which team he will join, one source close to the situation said he’s headed to Miami.

For the record, such a move would not come as a complete surprise to Hawks management. When Bibby became a free agent in July 2009, it was believed in-house that he had two options: Re-sign with the Hawks for less money and remain a starter, or go elsewhere as a backup on a contending team. He chose to stay.

Last Wednesday he was shipped to Washington in the Kirk Hinrich deal, and it was clear he wasn’t thrilled about joining a loser. (He missed the team’s first practice, although he did play in two Wizard games. He scored a total of two points.) And now he’s on the market again, and if he lands with the Heat he mightn’t even have to be a backup. Writes Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

Bibby, 32, with his playmaking and shooting, would provide the Heat with an instant upgrade over current starting point guard Mario Chalmers, although he would not address the Heat’s lack of deference deterrence at the position.

(We Hawks-watchers pause here to snicker and say, “Got that right.”)

But seriously … Bibby in Miami could fill the same stylized role he did here: Handling the ball some, tossing it to a big-name wing and then stationing himself on the perimeter for a three-pointer. Here he played with one Joe Johnson, who’s very good. There he’d play with LeBron and Dwyane Wade, who are better still.

And if you’re wondering: As a Miami man, would the Bibster face his former mates in the playoffs? As it stands, no. The Hawks are fifth in the East, and the No. 5 seed would face No. 4 with the winner opposing the top seed, presumably, in Round 2. Boston leads the Heat by a half-game atop the conference. But if the Heat rise and the Hawks wind up fifth or even fourth … yeah, it could happen. And wouldn’t that be a hoot?

By Mark Bradley

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benjamin

February 28th, 2011
6:04 pm

Kudos?

First?

benjamin

February 28th, 2011
6:06 pm

Benjamin with his first pole position in a long, long time.

Mike will be an upgrade for them, and it’s a good move for him. Miami’s going to have to do things like this year in and out with those three big contracts eating up a lot of their space, too.

It’ll be a win-win. Gives them depth and him a shot at a title.

Brayne Varner

February 28th, 2011
6:11 pm

the heat can have him. He doesn’t help the heat with their biggest weakness which is defending quick/elite PGs. If they make it to the ECF, Derrick Rose or Rajon Rondo will be flying past that dude. To his credit, Bibby is a clutch shooter. But he wont be taking the last shot when your on a team with Lebron and Wade.

Mark Bradley

February 28th, 2011
6:12 pm

Kudos indeed, benjamin.

Mark Bradley

February 28th, 2011
6:14 pm

He won’t be taking the last shot, Brayne Varner. But he might take the next-to-last shot.

I’m not saying Bibby is a great point guard. But he proved here he can play off a star in a way not all point guards can.

Ron E.

February 28th, 2011
6:18 pm

The way the Heat play vs over .500 teams, don’t write Bibby into the conference finals just yet. He could be seeing his dream end thanks to the Hawks even.

GoooDawgs

February 28th, 2011
6:22 pm

All I’m saying is that it worked out pretty well for Bibby: leaves the Hawks & gets to go join a contender in Miami/Boston/LA? If he’s just trying to win a championship – he’s got enough money – he’s in a pretty good situation now!

lanier

February 28th, 2011
6:22 pm

that would be a hoot Wildcat

atlfansick

February 28th, 2011
6:26 pm

I still say this was the dumbest trade in atlanta sports history. It was dumb before we added this year first rounder. But to give last year first rounder and this years wtf? I been watching this team all my life (33years). I don’t want to waste my life watching the same old stuff with this team. Its pathetic. And they wonder why we don’t come to games. You add a player or two to that deal and get deron williams at all cost except horford! We don’t have no upgradeable future! Mike bibby leads miami to the finals. It will put miami over the top

Connie Lingous

February 28th, 2011
6:27 pm

why “better still”, Bradley? this ain’t a poem, write normal, Bro!

JSS

February 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

If you have good aggressive defenders on the wings and players who defend the rim, then you can use Bibby… Otherwise, he’s inconsistent version of Eddie House…

KevinM

February 28th, 2011
6:28 pm

Yes, Mark, the 41st ranked, and probably lower by now, PG in the NBA being a difference maker in Miami…I don’t see it, as they already have Eddie House in that role.
Yes, Bibby joining forces with the Heatles to give it back to us in the playoffs? Doesn’t sound like reality to me…..if you talk to him, tell him thanks for fooling Larry for 2/3 of the season that he is in his prime.

rollo lawson

February 28th, 2011
6:33 pm

Who cares about Bibby? Good riddance!!

Tom

February 28th, 2011
6:37 pm

Bib would look pretty good in Laker gold…………..

atlfansick

February 28th, 2011
6:38 pm

Why won’t bibby resign here? Aren’t we a contender? Lmao! We are garbage our future is garbage! Rick sund is garbage. We might as well kept b. Knight! At least he had heart. Couldn’t we have traded bibby and evans and got a def point guard without first and last year picks. Rick sund what is ur value on draft picks? We all know u won’t sign any fas not even for the vet exception thing. So what do we have to look foward to in the offseason? Not a d#$% thing. Hopefully a new ##$$ owner!

Ducats

February 28th, 2011
6:45 pm

I wonder what kind of deal he’s gonna get? 6.2 is nice money for him. And will this be his last contract. He’s gonna get crazy exposure in any of those cities!

atlfansick

February 28th, 2011
6:53 pm

I think he goes to lakers. He’s a kobe type guy!

dawg4u

February 28th, 2011
6:54 pm

Bibby would be a good fit in Miami even if only for being an excellent screen setter.

Vinny D

February 28th, 2011
6:56 pm

Good for Bibby. He wants to win and Miami will win a lot more than Washington. Winning is more important than 6.2 million. How many of us would say that?

Hawks 2011

February 28th, 2011
7:02 pm

Got to admire a guy who buys out his contract to get freedom as opposed to the many who make their teams pay every dime after they are over the hill or worked a deal after one great year then back to mediocrity.

Texasboy

February 28th, 2011
7:07 pm

Two words to Mike Bibby: SIT DOWN !!!… this sucker been with ever team in the league and havent done sqat!!!

Gravy Train

February 28th, 2011
7:08 pm

Don’t look now, but the Hawks are playing better without Bibby! At least now I don’t spend the majority of the games at Phillips screaming “That’s your man, Bibby!,” when the other teams PG was lighting Bibby up.

ASG

February 28th, 2011
7:17 pm

We don’t care as long as WE don’t have to pay him the $6 mil. However, the Bib couldn’t guard any of our group and we make a lot less than him.

GT Alum

February 28th, 2011
7:18 pm

Looks like this trade could end up working out well for all parties. The Hawks have discovered their defense, Bibby gets to play for a contender, and the Wiz get cap relief and another draft pick, in addition to a talented young player. Yeah, we probably did give up too much, but considering we got JC for Law and Claxton, and we got Bibby for Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, Shelden Williams, Lorenzen Wright and a 2008 second round draft pick, I don’t think we can complain too much.

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steve brown

February 28th, 2011
7:26 pm

I don’t care. The Hawks I watched playing tough nosed defense last night doesn’t resemble the Hawks that I have watched over the pass few years. Something changed and I just hope it lasts.

Smiling Jack

February 28th, 2011
7:30 pm

The Bibbyless Hawks seem to be playing better defense and with heart. Also, Jeff Teague may get opportunity it appears. At least, the last two games have been most entertaining.

kaminari

February 28th, 2011
7:45 pm

I take back all the lousy things I said about the trade. After two games I’m a believer in the Kid and the Captain (Kirk). The team chemistry and hustling dynamics is already apparent. This team is a pleasure to watch. Now.

WhoCares

February 28th, 2011
7:49 pm

Miami won’t make it to the finals. So Bibby can watch on TV with the rest of the Hawks.

wxwax

February 28th, 2011
7:50 pm

I wish him well. Bibby solved a huge problem when he came to the Hawks and he’s been a solid citizen.

And the Hinrich trade is looking pretty good so far.

His defense is as advertised. And he’s a pretty nifty passer, too. Plus, the team seems to have had a lift with the trade.

Well worth a #1, given what kind of player the Hawks would be looking at with their draft position.

tjhook

February 28th, 2011
7:51 pm

I am going to thank Mike Bibby for his efforts; his body just couldn’t run with the younger players. As far as his decision to buy out his contract to join a contender – I’m sure Herm Edwards is somewhere nodding approval.

N.D.T.K.A.

February 28th, 2011
7:54 pm

Are you kidding Bradley? Is Bibby kidding? Any coach worth his salt knows that Bibby can’t guard my grandma? Plays absolutely no (repeat absolutely no)defense?

Since A.B. (after Bibby),the Hawks with Hinrich look like they did last year when they were torching the Celtics. Playoff success is an attainable dream without Bibby. Bibby was just bad for the team in so many ways.

For the life of me I can’t see why any playoff team would want him. Miami has a better version of him, his brother-in-law, Eddie House, who actually does play a semblance of some defense.

The only way a team picks up Bibby is for a specialist to come in and shoot a clutch 3 at specific times in a game. Bibby is so inept as a defender anything more than 3 or 4 minutes on the court is just a bad liability!

I hope one of contending teams in the east picks him up and gives him plenty of minutes so the Hawks can blow them out!

And don’t get me wrong I liked Bibby at Arizona and as a player in Sacramento and what he did early on for the Hawks. Bibby needs to hang up his sneakers.

tjhook

February 28th, 2011
8:07 pm

You know if Kirk Hinrich can get us on an upward climb in the standings, we ought to honor Captain Kirk and come up with a deviation of the Star Trek uniform: instead of the boomerang emblem, you have a Hawk head. Also, in honor of Cpt. Kirk, we become Hawkies. Yes, it is daring, but we are trying to boldly go where no Atlanta Hawk team has gone before- a Finals.

BibbyIsA BobbleHead

February 28th, 2011
8:15 pm

Wow. Bibby is now a world class athlete. And to think it only takes a trade from an Atlanta team to make one eligible for this position. What an ego. No wonder I no longer watch NBA ball.

Honest Truth

February 28th, 2011
8:17 pm

I think Najeh would stand with me and salute Bibby for what he did for us in the last 2 seasons- we probably are welcoming him back with open arms today, if the GM had traded Jamal’s expiring contract for more firepower in the 4/5 position.

ATL FAN

February 28th, 2011
8:25 pm

HAHAHAHA, PLEASE go to the HEAT LMFAO!! Easy wins

joekill

February 28th, 2011
8:29 pm

mark this would be interesting to see the heat have issues with their bench they dont have a true point not to say bibby is a true point to say the least but i have a question for you how far can these hawks GO

chasjons

February 28th, 2011
8:52 pm

Bibby is as one dimensional as a they come. He can hit open three pointers and that is it. Sure he doesn’t turn the ball over much, but that is because he does not penetrate offenses. A good piece of the puzzle for a team that just needs a three point shooter, but that is it. We had to send him packing. If he is starting for your team your team is not going anywhere in the playoffs.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
8:56 pm

Good for Bibby. He deserves all of our thanks for helping lift the Hawks into the playoffs three years ago, but he has nothing left in the tank. The fact that he might start for the Heat is really just an indictment of their point guard situation. He’ll probably get a chance or two to knock down a big shot in the playoffs because of the nature of the Heat offense.

As far as the Hawks are concerned, there are two and a half reasons to be concerned about a matchup with the Heat, and Bibby is not one of them.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
8:58 pm

I do hope Hawks fans are smart enough to give him a nice ovation when he makes his eventual return to Philips though.

Mark Bradley

February 28th, 2011
9:00 pm

This assumes there will be enough Hawks fans in attendance to give anyone a nice ovation.

(Sorry. Old joke.)

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:00 pm

“I still say this was the dumbest trade in atlanta sports history.”

Haha, really? Yeah, this easily beats out the Brett Favre trade or the Dominique Wilkins trade. Or even the Jermaine Dye trade for that matter. Of course.

Najeh Davenpoop

February 28th, 2011
9:01 pm

Hey, you know Hawks fans turn out when the other team has a superstar. Bibby will likely walk into a packed Philips when he returns and wonder what the hell is going on.

Mark Bradley

February 28th, 2011
9:03 pm

Let me go on record: This wasn’t the dumbest trade in Atlanta sports history. It might not have cracked the top (or bottom) 100.

Mark Bradley

February 28th, 2011
9:04 pm

And that’s true, Najeh. If he’s with the Heat, he’ll have more people rooting for him than he did when he played for Atlanta.

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Ted M

February 28th, 2011
9:10 pm

The Hawks were not going anywhere before and they are not going anywhere now.

Ted M

February 28th, 2011
9:13 pm

However there payroll is higher now. Sure it cost them 2 1st round draft choices but they would have surely wasted those picks on worthless bums.

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Nate D

February 28th, 2011
9:35 pm

Thats what we get for trading my favorite hawk. Go MIKE BIBBY! Win a title.