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Trading Hinrich Not an Option

By: Eddie Kendralla

Kirk Hinrich’s name has been floating around in more trade rumors the past three years than anyone in the NBA with the exception of Keith Van Horn (the most valuable expiring contract of all time), but the Bulls decision to let Ben Gordon walk should put a stop to those trade talks, at least for the time being.

The Bulls, already thin at guard, cannot afford to lose Hinrich. His experience and defensive prowess is something the Bulls otherwise lack at the guard position. This makes trading Hinrich for another guard illogical, and with the Bulls current depth at guard, trading him for a forward almost irreprehensible.

Yes, it may be nice to unload his semi-unfriendly contract in preparation for the 2010 free agent class, but keeping him will not prove to be a deal breaker. And who knows, with increased playing time he may up his trade value and come February or next summer the Bulls can trade him for something of value.

Let’s stop throwing Hinrich’s name around in trades for now and start penciling him in for 30 minutes a game as the Bulls attempt to compete with an improved Eastern Conference. Without Gordon, the Bulls are going to need all they can get from him.


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