The Bulls likely aren’t done dealing after sending Luol Deng to Cleveland, as we heard earlier today from Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio (Twitter link), and it appears that Kirk Hinrich could be the next expiring veteran contract on the block. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Hinrich is receiving interest around the league, with the Warriors having shown “serious interest” even before the Deng trade.
The Warriors have been linked to multiple point guards in recent weeks, including Kyle Lowry and Andre Miller. For now, Andre Iguodala has assumed some point guard duties, and Toney Douglas sees a handful of minutes, but the team continues to look for a solid backup behind Stephen Curry, according to Amick.
Hinrich, 33, has taken on a larger role in Chicago following Derrick Rose‘s second consecutive season-ending injury, but is probably better suited to come off the bench. Playing 30.7 minutes per game this season, his highest average in three years, Hinrich has shot a career-low 34.0% from the floor and posted a 9.3 PER, the second-worst mark of his career.
Hinrich is earning about $4.06MM this season, which could make him a nice fit for the Warriors’ $4MM trade exception — teams are allowed to take back an additional $100K when they use TPEs, so Hinrich would barely fit into that exception. Acquiring the Bulls guard without sending out any salary would push the Warriors right up against the tax line, however, so the team may prefer to move a player or two in any deal.
Longtime NBA writer Peter Vecsey first suggested this afternoon (via Twitter) that Hinrich could be available, with the Warriors potentially in the mix.