Wizards Trade Hinrich to Hawks

The Washington Wizards continued their rebuilding process on Wednesday, trading veteran guard Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks for Mike Bibby, rookie guard Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans, and a 2011 first-round draft pick as the NBA trade deadline approaches.

The Hawks, who are struggling to hold on to the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, also received seldom-used center-forward Hilton Armstrong. Atlanta general manager Rick Sund said the addition of Hinrich to the Hawks backcourt will be a big boost to the team. “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. His resume includes significant playoff experience as well,” Sund said. Hincrich averaged 11.1 points and 4.4 assists while playing mostly as the main support crew to new Wizards franchise player John Wall.

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld called the trade a move in the right direction for the team, which is looking to surround Wall with more new blood. “This trade continues our plan to build with draft picks and prospects, develop our young players and stay financially flexible,” Grunfeld said.