Why the Golden State Warriors Should Go All-in for Bulls' Kirk Hinrich

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Why the Golden State Warriors Should Go All-in for Bulls' Kirk Hinrich
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It's no secret that the Golden State Warriors aren't satisfied with their current backup point guard situation.

Toney Douglas, whom the Warriors went out and signed this offseason, hasn't lived up to expectations, and general manager Bob Myers has been searching for his replacement.

After reports came out earlier that the Warriors were interested in Denver Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller, another target has been added to Myers' list.

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According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Warriors have shown "serious interest" in Kirk Hinrich, the 33-year-old point guard for the Chicago Bulls. Teams began calling about a variety of Bulls players when Chicago traded longtime forward Luol Deng, indicating that they might be planning for the future.

Knowing the status of the Warriors bench, Myers should do everything he can to acquire Hinrich.

The Warriors have one of the most talented starting lineups in the NBA. However, their bench, one of their strong suits last season, has become their weakest link. Last year, led by Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry, head coach Mark Jackson could always rely on his backups to provide a spark off the bench.

This year, not so much.

With Landry in Sacramento and Jack in Cleveland, the Warriors brought in Douglas and power forward Marreese Speights to replace them. The two are averaging a combined 9.2 points per game so far this season. Jack, by himself, averaged 12.9 points per game last year.

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A bench with this minimal production can't be counted on as the season progresses. This makes the opportunity to trade for Hinrich, whose contract is up after this season, a must for Golden State. This season, Hinrich is averaging 7.8 points and 4.7 assists per game. He could be the veteran distributor the Warriors need to spell superstar Stephen Curry.

Curry, who has battled ankle injuries throughout his career, is averaging 37.7 minutes per game, the second-highest average of his career. As the season goes on, Jackson needs someone who can come in and keep the Warriors afloat while Curry gets a breather.

Though trading for a backup point guard doesn't scream "blockbuster," adding Hinrich could solidify the Warriors as one of the best teams in the Western Conference.  

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