The Atlanta Hawks made some moves before the trade deadline, sending veterans Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, rookie Jordan Crawford and a first-round pick for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong of the Washington Wizards.
The Hawks are currently at fifth-place in the Eastern Conference but the sixth-place New York Knicks are making a push after the All-Star break following the acquisition of Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets.
Bibby at age 32 has slowed down on the defensive end of the court and the Hawks may be better off with the entry of versatile guard Hinrich in their lineup. He can play both guard positions, play solid defense, pop from long-range and feed his teammates with timely assists.
The Hawks are giving up experienced players in Bibby and Evans but they are hoping that Hinrich would be an upgrade to the roster especially in the backcourt. The entry of Armstrong adds inside muscle to Atlanta given their size disadvantage when playing against bigger teams.