May 6, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich (6)drives the ball using a screen from center Jason Collins (34) in the first quarter of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
Depending on what the Washington Wizards do with Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis, they could have around $12 million of salary-cap space to spend this summer. It remains to be seen if the Wizards actually use it or bank it towards the 2013 class, but in any event, there are a number of free agents that could help the team's push into playoff contention. We'll take a look at several of those options in this running series. Next up: Gerald Green.
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Team: Atlanta Hawks.
Type: Unrestricted free agent.
This past year: Began the year injured and took a really long time to recover even though he eventually came back in a month. Saw his production go way down and his jumper elude him, especially in the first half of the season. However, once his surgically-repaired shoulder finally healed fully, he had a typical Kirk Hinrich year. After shooting just 34 percent from the field and 23 percent from three-point range in the first half of the season, he improved to 45-percent shooting and 38 percent from three-point range in the second half of the year.
Why he's fit in well: Well, we know he has a pretty good rapport with John Wall and this coaching staff (assuming it holds over) from his previous time with the club. The Wizards continue to feel they need a veteran backup point guard, and Hinrich can be that guy for them again. He also is a pro's pro and all those cliches we heard about so often while he was here.
Why he might not: Hinrich is certainly getting older, and he was even less of an offensive threat than usual last year, posting a microscopic 13.9-percent usage rate. Once a point guard, he's really completed his transition into being more of a small shooting guard. In his time with the Wizards, only 20 percent of his possessions used came via spot-up attempts, per MySynergySports.com. With the Hawks this year, that number was up to above 37 percent. He's just not capable of doing much offensively except hit open threes.
Likely price tag: It should be half the mid-level exception or even less.
Verdict: Hinrich actually makes a decent deal of sense, because he can shoot and defend, but he's already had a go-around here when he was younger. It's probably not worth bringing him back now that he's older unless a lot of other younger, more attractive options fall by the wayside.