Lakers Trade Rumors: Why Kirk Hinrich Is Not the Answer for LA
Is Kirk Hinrich the Answer for Los Angeles?
If it weren’t for Kobe Bryant putting up 30-plus points per game and Andrew Bynum having the best year of his career, the Lakers would be fighting for the seventh seed in the playoffs. Bynum and Bryant can’t do it alone.
Hinrich will make the jobs of the skill players easier, but unless he can get Pau Gasol right mentally and offensively, his impact is all for naught.
HoopsWorld NBA Writer Alex Kennedy is reporting about the possibility of a deal involving Hinrich:
Los Angeles has also been pursuing Kirk Hinrich in recent weeks. The Lakers have been linked to Hinrich in the past and the Atlanta Hawks would move the veteran point guard if the right deal came along. The two teams have had conversations in recent weeks. Hinrich missed the first month of the season after recovering from shoulder surgery, but has been effective since returning. He’s currently backing up Jeff Teague and while his numbers don’t jump off the page, he does a good job managing Atlanta’s offense and he’s still a stellar perimeter defender. This season, Hinrich is averaging 4.9 points and 2.6 assists.
After a serious winning stretch that has re-instilled some confidence back into the Showtime Lakers, making a move to add yet another older backcourt piece with limited abilities won’t solve anything.
If the Lakers are serious about making a deal, they need to make a deal that will shake up the team for the future. If they want to win now, they need to stay pat with the cast of characters they have now.
They are a veteran team full of players who know how to win. Give them time to figure it out, and they are still dangerous, even without Kirk Hinrich.
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