The well-document story is courtesy of USA Today's Sam Amick. Amick cited "a person with knowledge of the situation" who said that the Warriors have had an interest in Hinrich since before the recent trade of Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Is there validity to the rumor, though? The short answer is absolutely. The Warriors need a backup point guard in the worst way, considering their lack of roster depth behind Stephen Curry.
Of course, the Bulls wouldn't get much more than a second-round pick for Hinrich's services, but the talent return is not why general manager Gar Forman would make such a move.
Let me back up.
Starting with the Deng trade, the front office appears to be taking a pragmatic approach to the roster going into the offseason. After all, they'll need to clear cap space in order to bring Nikola Mirotic over from Real Madrid and add depth to make the turnaround as quick as possible.
To be sure, Hinrich does not have to be traded in order for each of those things to happen. The University of Kansas product is not under contract next season, so he has no financial bearing whatsoever on how much money the Bulls can allocate toward improving the roster.
What trading him will accomplish, though, is making the Bulls that much worse as they jockey for position in the draft lottery. As it stands, they are going to have to get real bad just to qualify for the chance to draft Jabari Parker because the Eastern Conference is so weak that a team with a .400 winning percentage could realistically make the postseason.
It is simply going to take everything in Forman's power to make the Bulls bad enough to out-bad the bad in the East. To be sure, all of the talk about "tanking" and dumping talent is sort of a downer, but it does have a silver lining. See, the Bulls are actually in a rather unique position.
Normally when teams begin to shed payroll and dump players to position themselves in the draft, they don't have cornerstone pieces like Rose, Joakim Noah, Jimmy Butler, and Taj Gibson already on the roster. Having that foundation means that the misery may only last for the remainder of this season and not extend out for the next three.
Trading Hinrich is one more step on the "tank road" the Bulls must go down. Trading him to the Warriors is a must at this point.
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