The rumors are continuing to fly as the Golden State Warriors continue their search for a backup point guard.
The latest one comes courtesy of USA Today’s Sam Amick, who reports that the Warriors have interest in Kirk Hinrich of the Bulls. Hinrich, a 33-year-old veteran in his 12th season in the league, is averaging 7.8 points, 4.7 assists, and 2.9 rebounds in 27 games this season.
Hinrich took over the starting role at point guard after Derrick Rose suffered yet another season-ending injury. With the recent trade of Luol Deng to the Cavaliers, speculation is that the Bulls may go into rebuilding mode and aim to get a high pick in this year’s loaded draft instead of an early first round exit in the playoffs. If that is the case, then they should put Hinrich on the trade block, considering that he is a veteran who could help a contending team such as the Warriors.
Golden State is obviously unsatisfied with what they have gotten thus far out of Toney Douglas, Kent Bazemore, and Nemanja Nedovic. Neither of the three has shown the ability to consistently relieve Stephen Curry. The Warriors knew that letting Jarrett Jack walk in free agency could come back to bite them, but there was no way they could have foreshadowed having the worst scoring bench in the league at 22.8 points per game.
Thus, there is little surprise to the influx of reports suggesting their interest in point guards around the league. The Warriors have recently been linked to the Nuggets’ Andre Miller, the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, and now, add Hinrich to the list.
Acquiring Hinrich would be a win-now move for the Warriors, since he is making $4.1 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He is a career 37.6 percent three-point shooter, which bodes well for a Golden State squad that likes to let it fly from beyond the arc.
But most importantly, Hinrich will be able to come in and run the offense, giving Curry much-needed rests. That’s not something the Warriors have the luxury of doing right now, and a fatigued Curry could hurt them come playoff time, when the games really count.