UPDATE: Hinrich to Atlanta deal is finalized, according to David Aldridge.
The Boston Celtics had discussions with the Washington Wizards focused on Kirk Hinrich, according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, but the pasty-skinned guard is likely headed to Atlanta.
“Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich close to being dealt to the Hawks in multi-player trade, source tells Y! Sports,” tweeted Marc Spears. Berger added, “The Hawks-Wiz deal would be Hinrich for Jamal Crawford, source says. Not done, but close.” Alex Kennedy reports that Atlanta’s offer would center on Mike Bibby, rather than Crawford.
The Celtics’ inability (or unwillingness) to acquire Hinrich is probably for the best. He’s a tough, gritty player who — despite standing only 6’4 — actually does great work while defending Paul Pierce. But his contract stands to pay him $8 million next year, which is far too expensive for Kirk Hinrich, and he doesn’t fill the C’s backup small forward hole. On to the next rumor.