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Kirk Hinrich trade to Denver Nuggets | Chicago Bulls Trade Rumor

July 22nd, 2008 – Dr. J-Water

The Hoop Doctors have very recently been given a heads up by a reliable source close to the Denver Nuggets franchise that the Nuggets have made contact with the Chicago Bulls GM John Paxson to discuss a possible swap of a Nuggets future first round draft pick for Kirk Hinrich. The Nuggets are hoping to use their newly acquired $10 million trade exception (in the Marcus Camby trade to the Clippers) to tempt the Bulls into unloading Hinrich’s $10 million annual salary and free up the Bulls overcrowded backcourt/point guard situation.

However, rumor has it that since the less than impressive performance of Derrick Rose in the NBA summer league, the Bulls are wary about Rose’s ability to immediately be their go-to point guard. They still believe they made the right choice in the draft for the long term, but are worried he may need to be weaned into the rotation carefully to ensure his confidence is built up and not diminished. This in itself may stop Paxson from biting on the proposed trade offer from the Nuggets, as they could use Hinrich to share the PG role with Rose. The temptation for the Bulls however in the Nuggets offer is that it would give them a lot more salary relief before next summer when they will have to make some big financial decisions on re-signing players like Luol Deng, Andres Nocioni, Ben Gordon, and Drew Gooden. The Bulls would also welcome the added financial flexibility in possibly extending the contracts of Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas next summer depending on their performance for the Bulls this season.

Next summer the Bulls could go from one of the lower salary committed teams in the NBA to one of the highest depending on how the players perform this season. What the Bulls would like to avoid is being in a position to have to choose between players of high value and cut someone loose who is a valuable asset. If the Bulls decide that the player they would eventually in that situation want to cut loose is Hinrich, they may want to make the move now and accept the Nuggets offer while it is still on the table.

The Nuggets have one year to use their trade exception. Although they have made it perfectly clear they will not make a trade just to use up their trade exception, they are open to making a move before the season or after if they can get a player that fills one of their needs. After the Camby deal Nuggets VP of Operations Mark Warkentien said “The deal was made for one compelling reason: The trade exception that we get from this provides us with great flexibility and more options for potential deals with other teams.”

Hinrich was identified specifically by the Nuggets because they feel he fits their point guard needs perfectly as a pass first guard who is a good solid defender and can consistently hit the outside shot. Playing with Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson would give Hinrich more offensive weapons than he has ever played with, so it would be an interesting combination to see how Hinrich’s assist numbers and shooting percentage may skyrocket.

Should Paxson pull the trigger on this offer for the long term goal of re-signing his assets? Or does Derrick Rose need more time to be integrated into the leadership role of running the point for the Bulls?

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  • Great post. I think the Bulls need to wait until they get the Ben Gordon aka BGeezy situation sorted out. If Ben and Kirk both leave, then it leaves our backcourt with only Rose, Thabo, and Hughes, and maybe summer league standout D Nichols. Paxson definitely needs to do something, so let’s see what happens.

  • Boyscout

    Vik that’s true we should get the Gordon situation settled first then figure out how many rotation guards we really have. If Gordon stays then Hinrich maybe should be dealt. Hughes has such a big contract we’ll never get rid of him. No team would take him and his contract. Not good value

  • Nugz

    I supose this would somewhat make up for the camby give away, but i don’t know if Camby and a first rounder are worth Kirk Hinrich, on the otehr hand lord knows we need a true point guard

  • Eric

    I’m pretty certain that some patience would be the best answer for both teams. Doesn’t make sense to throw D Rose to the wolves, especially w/out the Deng/Gordon situations figured out first.
    From the Nuggets standpoint I’m not sure that Kirk is the answer, although he’s got good cap numbers that decrease over the contract. Long term, Kirk, JR and Melo are pretty formidable, especially with Nene and Kleiza, but as bad as Kirk was last year, i’d be wary of trading away too much for him.

  • I think it’s ridiculous that the bulls think they should “wean” Derrick Rose into the rotation. You mean the same way they “weaned” Tyrus, and Thabo?! Yea, I don’t think so. This kid better get clock, and he better get it early, or I’ll rippin these season tickets come november.

  • The Zoner

    “This kid better get clock, and he better get it early, or I’ll rippin these season tickets come november.”

    Amen and amen!! This isn’t football. Early and often. Get him out there and let’s roll. As for Hinrich, it all depends on what Paxson does with the flexibility. I would sign and trade Gordon in a heartbeat.

  • Jayme

    Trading Hinrich for a future first to a team that would have him, Iverson and Carmello on it, just to dump cap, would be absolutely retarded. In other words, I could definitely see the Bulls doing it after the way they dumped Chandler and picked up Benedict Wallace. The franchise is really turning into a joke, big time.

    They should keep Hinrich as PG now, and later this season when Rose is ready to start, pair him at SG with Rose at the point (play Thabo at SG till then). Trade Deng and Nocioni for Okafor, and Gordon and Noah for Josh Smith (SF).

  • the truth

    In response to Jayme,
    So you’re saying
    A team of:
    Rose/Hinrich, Thabo, Smith, TT/Gooden, Okafor
    beats a team of:
    Rose/Hinrich, BG/Thabo, Nocioni/Deng, TT/Gooden, Noah

    That’s ridiculous. Who the hell is going to make an outside shot on team #1?!

  • mike

    The bulls shouldn’t do it… they should trade Gordon before thinking about trading Hinrich. But If I’m a Nuggets fan I LOVE IT.

  • jonnyyboyy

    trade hinirch is dumb, trade gordon;and nocioni for a point and a faster shock blocking pf

  • jonnyyboyy

    as for the lakers trade ,coby karl
    luke and rodmonovic for josh smith and speed claxton