Kirk Hinrich for Mike Miller: Deal or No Deal?

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IMay 10, 2009

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I get e-mails and tips on trade rumors in my inbox every day, and recently, I've had a few friends on Twitter send me direct messages regarding what they are hearing about their favorite local team.

Yesterday, I received a note from reader Jenna in St. Paul, Minnesota, who said the T-Wolves, who have three first-round picks in this year's draft, may be interested in packaging one of them. Two deals that have been thrown around involved the Chicago Bulls.

The first would be a sign-and-trade for free agent Ben Gordon; Minnesota would team Gordon up with Randy Foye in the back court, and the Wolves would have that go-to player and flat-out scorer that they sorely need.

Now, if the Wolves aren’t able to get that done, another possibly easier deal would be acquiring Kirk Hinrich from the Bulls for Mike Miller.

Hinrich, who has been demoted to backup point guard in Chicago, has relished his new role and has been noted around the league for his tough defense against bigger guys. However, many feel that since he fully recovered from his nagging injuries that had him miss some playing time, he has been longing to start again.

Hinrich averaged 30 minutes a game in the first-round playoff series against the Celtics, dropping in 12.6 points and just under 3 assists per game in that time. But he is owed $26.5 million over the next three seasons, and Chicago isn’t interested in paying a reserve that much money.

Mike Miller, on the other hand, averaged the same number of points per contest (9.9) as Hinrich did in the regular season and would fill the role of starting shooting guard (or possibly sixth man) for Chicago, depending on what the Bulls do with Ben Gordon. Miller is entering the final year of his contract, and is owed just under $10 million this season.

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The Bulls have viable young talent that many GMs may be interested in, and Minnesota may also covet the services of Tyrus Thomas. In order to obtain him, they would have to give up at least one of their first-round draft selections.

If you were Chicago, which of these trades would you make?

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