Last year, Kirk Hinrich was able to block any trade involving him, if he so pleased, and after picking up his option for the second year of his contract, I've been asked if this was once again the case.
I didn't believe that was the case, but just to make sure, I checked with Mark Deeks, and the answer came promptly: "No, just last".
The logic is as follows: Hinrich signed a two-year deal with an option. However, until the option was picked up it was, in effect, a one-year contract, thus giving hin veto rights. But seeing as Hinrich has now picked up the second year on his deal, he effectively is in Year 2 of his deal, thus removing any veto rights.
The only way Hinrich would maintain these rights was if the Bulls decided to give him a no-trade clause, which they did not, even though he was eligible for one.
The point guard on the Bulls who may have veto rights, however, is Aaron Brooks. He hasn't signed yet, but when he does, he will have. He would have this, seeing as the Bulls will have Early Bird rights on him after this upcoming season, which is a similar situation Hinrich was in last year, after playing two seasons before signing his 1+1 deal last summer, thus qualifying him to have full Bird rights.
Kirk Hinrich will not have the right to veto any trade this year. But if he re-signs for one year as reported, Aaron Brooks will.
— Mark Deeks (@MarkDeeksNBA) July 12, 2015
So there you go. From here on out, let the Hinrich trade proposals flow like the Egyptian rivers of old. It's all perfectly legal. Do try sending him Portland's way, however. With no guard depth and loads of cap space in a dried up market, the impossible may actually be, potentially, possible.
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