Right before the whistle blew on this year's trade deadline, the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a deal with the Chicago Bulls for Kirk Hinrich in a three-team deal involving the Utah Jazz that will send Justin Holiday to Chicago, the Bulls announced.
NBA.com provided the full breakdown of the deal, which included Shelvin Mack heading to the Jazz:
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has acquired guard Shelvin Mack from the Atlanta Hawks, pending the outcome of a physical, as part of a three-team trade with the Hawks and Chicago Bulls. As part of the deal, the Jazz traded a future second-round pick to the Bulls, who also received guard Justin Holliday from Atlanta while sending the Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich.
The Jazz have been desperate to find help at point guard all season. Dante Exum has been out since the summer after tearing his ACL while playing with the Australian national team. Trey Burke isn't an NBA-caliber point guard, and Raul Neto shouldn't be starting at the 1 for a borderline playoff contender.
While Mack isn't a star at the position, he does represent a significant upgrade for the Jazz because he has over four years of NBA experience as a point guard.
Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated noted the Hawks were a tough spot with Mack because of their depth at the position:
Mack was too good a player to be Atlanta’s third point guard, and certainly too good to play a largely distant third to capable superiors in Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder. The Jazz offer a way out—an opportunity to play regular minutes, to work alongside a coach (Quin Snyder coached Mack in Atlanta) and star (Gordon Hayward played with Mack at Butler) with which he’s quite familiar, and to genuinely help a team in the playoff hunt.
Going to a franchise in which the head coach is familiar with Mack and will understand how best to utilize his skill set could make this a great under-the-radar move by the Jazz.
Hinrich has been used sparingly this season, though he did appear in seven consecutive games for the Bulls prior to the All-Star break.
The 35-year-old doesn't possess a diverse set of skills, but he's still an excellent long-range shooter. He's actually got a higher shooting percentage from three-point range (41.1) than his overall shooting percentage (39.8) this season.
The three-point shot was a huge part of Atlanta's success last season. The Hawks finished second in the NBA, hitting 38 percent of their attempts from behind the arc, but have fallen to 19th (34.8) this season.
It's not a surprise, then, that the Hawks have already lost more games before the All-Star break (24) than they did last year (22).
Hinrich isn't going to dramatically make Atlanta a better team, but he does give head coach Mike Budenholzer more scoring options at point guard behind Jeff Teague. Dennis Schroder is not shooting as well this season, so his playing time could take a hit if Hinrich fits in quickly.
The Hawks were one of the most talked-about teams leading up to the trade deadline, but Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported hours before the 3 p.m. ET cutoff that the Hawks intended to keep key players like Al Horford and Kyle Korver.
While not considered a strong title contender at 31-24, the Hawks are still firmly in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Tearing the whole thing down despite leading the Southeast Division wouldn't send a good message.
The Jazz got the help they sorely needed at point guard to keep their playoff hopes alive, while the Bulls are happy to get within $1.65 million of the luxury tax by getting rid of Hinrich and add, at best, a cheap role player like Justin Holiday.
Stats per Basketball-Reference.com.