100% Agree.I like Hinrich as much as anyone. But the fact is he is making 9 mil a year, playing the same position as our franchise (best) player. It doesn't make any sense to keep him. Especcially when going into the biggest FA class in the histery of the NBA. IMO anyone arguing to not trade Hinrich for expirings isn't thinking clearly. We are so close to becoming a perennial contender. All we have to do is put ourselves in the best position financially and wait about half a year and see what happens. If we traded Hinrich and Salmons there is a possibility that this team could have a starting lineup of:
Sg: one of these three: Lebron/Wade/Joe Johnson/Gay
PF: One of these four: Bosh/Lee/Boozer/Amare
Noone knows how likeley that is to occur... But someone is going to get these guys I don't see why it couldn't be us. If we could somehow manage to get Bosh and Lebron we would probably have the best team in the history of the NBA. If we could get any two of the above players we are the favorites in the NBA. If we only get one of Lebron/Bosh/Wade we are still favorites in the NBA.
The other thing is if we hold onto Hinrich when we could have traded him for expirings and say Wade is the guy who wants to come here than what kind of role does Hinrich play next year? Backup to Wade and Rose? There will be less than 25 minutes of that role. So we are going to pay 9 mil for a guy who backs up our two best players? There is just no way it makes sense to hold onto Hinrich. The only arguement is for the rest of this season which is a terrible arguement IMO.
If we can get 2 of those 8 star free agents... wow!
I'd still like to keep TT (and do NOT understand why the Bulls are so down on him... maybe they just, like me, wish we could undo that draft day trade...).
Anyways... a SG/PF combo to pair with Rose/Deng/Noah... seriously... what team with cap space has a better 3 to go with? (cue the crickets). Even if we miss out on the top 2 at each position... and end up with say Joe Johnson and Boozer...
Rose/Johnson/Deng/Boozer/Noah.... uhh.... that's got to be a top 3 or 4 team in the NBA, maybe better; and with a good 5 years in their primes....
In summation: Do it!