clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Atlanta Hawks acquire Kirk Hinrich in exchange for second round pick, per report

Kirk Hinrich back!?

Elsa/Getty Images

The Atlanta Hawks did not pull the trigger on any "major" moves on the day of the NBA's Trade Deadline, but they did swap veteran backup guards in an indirect way. After sending Shelvin Mack to the Utah Jazz in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick earlier in the day, Mike Budenholzer and company elected to replace him with a familiar face in the form of Kirk Hinrich.

Hinrich, who is now 35 years old, spent part of two seasons with the Hawks in 2011 and 2012, playing in 72 games (53 starts) for the franchise. He is certainly not the same caliber of player at this stage in his career, largely due to age, but Hinrich can be a reasonably beneficial veteran at the back end of the bench to fill Mack's stead.

In addition, Hinrich is an expiring contract who makes only $2.87 million this season. While Mack's deal included a team option for 2016-2017, this is essentially a direct swap of salaries and second-round picks, meaning that some will certainly question the rationale behind it. Alas, the Hawks are back in the Kirk Hinrich business.

Stay tuned.