PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 15: Kirk Hinrich #6 of the Atlanta Hawks in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 15, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Hawks defeated the Suns 101-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers could be interested in pursuing a trade with the Atlanta Hawks for Kirk Henrich.
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Lakers could be interested in acquiring Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich if they are unable to find an elite point guard to help them through the second half of the 2012 season.
If the Lakers can't make a splashy move for the elite point guard they crave -- a long shot at best at this point -- and can't swing a deal for top fallback choice Ramon Sessions, taking Hinrich and his $8.1 million salary into their $8.9 million Lamar Odom trade exception is a natural move to give L.A. some semblance of an upgrade in the backcourt going into the postseason.
Stein mentions that Hinrich is no longer a part of their plans in the future and, in order to reduce their payroll, they would happily trade him in exchange for a future draft pick. He also wrote that the Lakers would want the Hawks to take back some of Hinrich's salary in the deal but that will not happen.
Hinrich has only started one game for the Hawks in the 19 he's played in this season and is averaging 4.8 points per game, a career low, but he has averaged 12.8 points per game in his 10-year career. The Lakers starting point guard Derek Fisher has averaged six points per game in the last 10 games and 5.5 on the season.