It looks like Kirk Hinrich is indeed on his way out the door. The Wizards’ guard has been in trade rumors all season, and now it looks like he’s heading to the Atlanta Hawks. Michael Lee says that it’s Jordan Crawford, not Jamal Crawford, that is coming back to the Wizards. Meanwhile, David Aldridge of NBA.com has the specific trade. If this is the Hawks’ pick this year, it will likely be in the early- to mid-20s. The Wizards only save about $500,000 next season, as Bibby and Crawford combine to make about $7.5 million in 2012, whereas Hinrich makes $8 million.
“We’re not going to deviate from our plan,” Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said earlier in the day. “We are trying to add pieces, young pieces, and trying to develop a core that we can move forward with.”
Hinrich, 30, had attracted the most interest of any player on the Wizards’ roster. He was acquired from the Chicago Bulls in a pre-draft deal that also landed rookie Kevin Seraphin. The Wizards had recently informed Hinrich’s representatives that they would like to “stay the course” with him, but would move him if they found a deal that could be beneficial.