The Atlanta Hawks were positioned to be major players on the trade market coming out of the All-Star break, but Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline passed with Al Horford, Jeff Teague and the rest of the team’s major contributors still on the payroll. That didn’t stop Mike Budenholzer and his front office from tweaking the roster, though.
In a few last-minute moves, the Hawks acquired veteran Bulls point guard Kirk Hinrich by sending backup point guard Shelvin Mack to Utah and Justin Holiday to Chicago in a three-team trade. Hinrich, 35, has seen his playing time cut with the Bulls this season, logging a career-low 15.9 minutes per game in 35 game played. The former Hawks guard (2010-12) is averaging just 3.8 points and 1.7 assists per game.
Hinrich will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
Mack was buried on the Hawks’ bench behind point guards Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder. The 25-year-old Butler product has played in 24 games this season, but he was a cheap commodity, especially in the league’s rising salary cap, with his $2.4 million team option for the 2016-17 season.
The Hawks signed Holiday, 26, to a two-year deal at the veteran’s minimum this past offseason following his stints with the 76ers and Warriors. After logging significant minutes in November, his playing time dropped off as wings Kyle Korver and Thabo Sefolosha bounced back from offseason surgeries. Still, despite their limited playing time, the Hawks moved two of their low-cost bench options for next season.
The Hawks sit in the Eastern Conference’s No. 4 seed with 27 games remaining.