Chicago has been quietly looking for a shooter but craves additional
salary-cap space for its summer business more than it wants short-term
help, so the Bulls keep trying to land an expiring contract in exchange
for Kirk Hinrich or John Salmons. ...
Well no big surprises there. It's hard to come up with good trade scenarios here. What's interesting about this rumor though is that the Bulls reportedly could have moved Hinrich to Portland this summer for an expiring, but they choose not to.
I'm not sure I buy into the idea that they changed their minds entirely just yet, nor am I positive the previously mentioned report is accurate, but if they changed their mind just like that it really shows a pretty terrible mistake in managerial thinking.
Hinrich to Portland for Steve Blake + Martell Webster [saves the Bulls about half of Hinrich's salary] or Travis Outlaw (saves all of his salary)
Mike Miller for Kirk Hinrich to the Wizards if they were interested [wouldn't think so, but you never know].
Maybe Korver + CJ Miles + one of their cheap guys for Hinrich [doubt jazz are interested because they take on more luxury tax money].
Jason Kapono + Royal Ivey for Hinrich [though Kapono isn't expiring, but it would save a little cap room next season].
Anthony Morrow + Vladamir Radmanovic + cash [to cover up salary difference] for Hinrich, like Kapono, Radman isn't expiring, but does save us some money next year, and it gives us matching rights on Morrow.
Would any of the above teams do any of those deals? Would the Bulls do any of those deals? Not really sure on either question. The first deal is probably too good to be true for the Bulls.
The second deal may depend on whether Washington can void Arenas or not.
The third deal seems unlikely because Utah tax on more luxury tax payments this season, but it could be cleared up with cash.
The fourth deal seems like it's simply pretty terrible for the Bulls. They do save the final year of Hinrich's salary, but Kapono is a pretty steep drop off in talent.
The final deal doesn't seem to make a whole ton of sense for GS, but Hinrich is the type of guard who could complement Curry and Ellis because he could defend the two, but handle the PG offensively, setting up the offense and bringing the ball up the court, plus the extra salary isn't tons given they save on Radman next season and would likely not keep Morrow anyway.
Any other thoughts?