Why the Bulls should trade Kirk Hinrich to the Timberwolves

The future of the Bulls at the PG and SG position is not Kirk Hinrich.  Unforseen chances of landing the number 1 pick in the 2008 NBA draft dramatically altered the direction of the Chicago Bulls.  Our 1.7% chance and likely outlook of how to factor in Kevin Love or DeAndre Jordan is water under the bridge.  We are now the Chicago Bulls built around the incredible talent of Derrick Rose.

The options to play Kirk Hinrich at the SG force him to play a position he doesn't want to play and a position he's not very good at playing.  As a SG, he doesn't have any confidence to catch and shoot.  As a SG, he doesn't move well at all without the ball.  Kirk creates off the dribble.  His game needs a low post big man.

The Bulls need a SG that can catch and shoot, get open, move well without the ball, but still create his own shot off the dribble.  We already have this player in Ben Gordon.

What we are only guaranteed to have is at least one more season with Ben Gordon as our shooting guard.

How can the Bulls see that Kirk Hinrich plays the position he should play and help the Bulls win more games?

The answer to this question can be found in Minnesota.  The Timberwolves aren't a very good team, but they are young, they've added a great shooter in Mike Miller, they acquired their high post threat in Kevin Love, they've locked up Al Jefferson, but they resigned Sebastian Telfair as their starting PG.

The Timberwolves are redundant at the SG position.  Randy Foye and Rashad McCants are both shooting guards with a history of injury problems.  Either player is ok for now to start as their shooting guard, the better of the two is Randy Foye.

The Bulls should trade Kirk Hinrich to the Timberwolves in exchange for Rashad McCants and Brian Cardinal.  Kirk is the ideal PG to pair with Al Jefferson.  He can feed the post.  They can run the screen and roll together.  The defense will have to respect Jefferson all the time leaving Kirk open for the shot he likes.  In addtion, Kirk's perimeter defense will help the Timberwovles decrease their defensive problems in the post with active hands and staying in front of his man.  If you get the ball in the paint agains the Wolves it's an easy bucket or you're going to the line for two.

The Bulls acquire a backup shooting guard in Rashad McCants.  They also acquire the contract of Brian Cardinal.  It has two years remaining at 13.05 million total.  The Bulls would have to waive a player, but until we know the final cuts we won't know how much that may cost the club.  I suspect it would be Demetrius Nichols, but I'm not sure if he makes the roster.  The team may reveal some early indicators that they plan to make moves if the final roster players are the lowest salary cost that won't have any guarantee unless they stay with the team through the rest of the 2008 year.

Lebron James told the NBA in his rookie season that "Ricky Davis was the leader of this team."  Don't allow me to compare Kirk to Ricky, but the writing is on the wall and Ricky Davis was traded on December 15, 2003, 6 months after the Cavs selected Lebron number 1 overall.

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