By Special to the Daily World
In a move that caught both players and fans alike by surprise, on Feb. 23 the Atlanta Hawks announced the team had traded point guard Mike Bibby to the Washington Wizards in acquisition of guard Kirk Hinrich and center/forward Hilton Armstrong. The trade also sends rookie guard Jordan Crawford and Maurice Evans to Washington.
The newcomer, Hinrich, is in his eighth NBA season, and is averaging 11.1 points per game, 4.4 assists per game (tied for 29th in the NBA), 2.7 rebounds per game and 1.3 steals per game in 30.6 minutes per game with the Wizards, appearing in 48 contests (29 starting assignments).
Taken with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2003 NBA Draft by Chicago, Hinrich was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team in 2007, and was Chicago’s all-time leader in three-pointers made (812) and attempts (2,144). The former Kansas University standout was teammates with Joe Johnson on the 2006 USA Men’s World Championship Team, as well as Jamal Crawford with the Bulls (2003-04).
“We felt we had a good opportunity to improve our ballclub by adding Kirk and Hilton,” said Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. “Kirk is a well-rounded player that gives us options at both guard positions. In addition to being a solid and hard-nosed defender, he is a good shooter who can also distribute the ball.”
Bibby, on the other hand, has been a staple on the Hawks squad since coming to Atlanta in 2008 by way of the Sacramento Kings in a trade. He has played in 802 career regular season games and 69 playoff contests, including all 11 during the Hawks’ run into the second round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs. Bibby was resigned to a new contract by the Hawks on July 13, 2009 as an unrestricted free agent.
“I sincerely want to thank Mike, Mo and Jordan for their contributions both on and off the court in Atlanta, and wish them well in the future,” Sund continued.
But the move doesn’t end there.
According to recent reports by Yahoo Sports, more recently the Wizards bought out Bibby’s contract, and there are talks that the 6-foot-2, 12-year veteran out of University of Arizona, is possibly headed to the Miami Heat.
Bibby is expected to sign with the Heat and forego a reported $6.2 million contract with the Wizards.