Though the Hawks never made the blockbuster trade as many predicted ahead of today’s deadline, they were nevertheless active on the trade market. They bolstered the point guard position by trading Shelvin Mack to the Utah Jazz for a second rounder, and then flipping another second rounder to the Wizards for Kirk Hinrich. Hinrich is a familiar face for Hawks fans, as this will be his second stint with the team. The 35-year old ball distributor spent time with the team from 2011 to 2012. He has earned the nickname “Captain Kirk” for his leadership skills in the past. He could serve as a nice mentor to young point guard Dennis Schroder and provides more depth to the point guard rotation. Hinrich’s contract expires after this season, so the swap also provides the Hawks with more cap flexibility for this offseason. Mack was under contract through next season. Overall, this small flurry of trades benefits Atlanta, and it will be nice to see a familiar face don the Atlanta uniform at the back-end of his career.
UPDATE: Justin Holiday will be going to the Bulls as well. It is now a three-team trade with the Jazz and Bulls per K.C. Johnson.