NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers Inquiring About Kirk Hinrich, Tayshaun Prince

John HaverfordContributor IFebruary 15, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 29:  Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Chicago Bulls drives the ball around Marcus Thornton #5 of the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena on January 29, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.   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 Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Earlier today, Yahoo Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Lakers were attempting to negotiate a deal to land Chicago Bulls guard-forward Kirk Hinrich:

"Here's something else to watch: The Portland Trailblazers were telling teams over the weekend they had a chance to acquire Los Angeles Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic and wondered whether teams might have an interest in obtaining him. This prompted several executives to suggest the Blazers were working on a three-team trade, including one Eastern Conference general manager who had been told the elements of the package included Thomas and Vujacic to Portland, the Bulls' Kirk Hinrich to Los Angeles, and the Lakers' Adam Morrison, another expiring deal and a first-round pick to the Bulls."

Indeed, the interest is definite on the side of the Los Angeles Lakers, where Jerry Buss and management feel that the one weakness the Lakers must improve on is shoring up the guard spot, particularly against speedy, penetrating point guards who have diced up the Lakers' defense the past season.

Derek Fisher is considered too slow to contain guards such as Boston's Rajon Rondo, Cleveland's Mo Williams, and Orlando's Jameer Nelson. In addition, Farmar lacks enough strength to compete on equal footing with quick, yet tough point guards in the West Conference such as Denver's Chauncey Billups and Dallas' Jason Kidd. Hence, this is where Kirk Hinrich fits into the picture.

Hinrich would help the Lakers fend off such speedy point guards, a problem they've struggled with for years. In Phil Jackon's triangle offense, Hinrich would not be required to shoulder a heavy offensive load. Rather, he would be called upon to commit himself to the stingy defense such as he played on Boston's Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo in the 2009 playoffs.

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For Jerry Buss, the cost may not justify the benefit.

Whereas Hinrich is owed nearly $17 million throughout the remainder of his contract, that would equal to an additional $17 million in luxury taxes out of Jerry Buss' pockets. Yet, Kirk Hinrich is widely considered by the Lakers front office to be worth the gamble, especially with another championship on the line.

Meanwhile, our sources over at LA AM 570 radio have reported other trade scenarios the Lakers have put some effort into. However, take this second part with a grain of salt.

The Lakers have shown interest in Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince as well as a Milwaukee combo package of Luke Ridnour/Kurt Thomas.

The Pistons proposal would give the Lakers with a valuable defensive contributor off the bench while the latter package would provide the Lakers with veteran support as well as cap relief.

In both scenarios, Lakers would offer shooter Sasha Vujacic and the expiring contract of Adam Morrison. However, future first round draft picks would need to be included for the Pistons or Bucks to take respective offers seriously.

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