By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Washington Wizards have made a splash to acquire Mike Bibby. The Wizards also added Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans, and a 2011 first-round pick in the deal.
The Atlanta Hawks added Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong in the deal.
The Wizards hope that Bibby will bolster their backcourt. Plus, he will bring veteran leadership to their young team.
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The 33-year-old has been in the league for the last 13 seasons. He also played for the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Sacramento Kings before joining the Hawks.
Bibby appeared in 56 games with the Hawks before the trade. He started all 56 games.
He was averaging 9.4 points per game at the time of the deal. He was also averaging 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game.
The Wizards currently have a 25-35 record. They are hoping that Bibby will help the team in their playoff pursuit.
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The team is currently in 10th place in the Eastern Conference. The team is three games behind the 8th-seeded Charlotte Bobcats.
The Wizards are taking a gamble with this move.
Crawford is on his second team in less than a year. He was initially drafted by the New Jersey Nets with their 27th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
He was then immediately shipped to the Hawks with Tibor Pleiß for Damion James that summer.
With the Hawks, he appeared in 16 games. He averaged 4.2 points per game in 10 minutes per contest. He also averaged 1.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.2 steals.
Evans is a journeyman, who was included in the deal to make it work. He has bounced around the league since joining the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2001-02 season as a 23-year-old.
He appeared in 47 games with the Hawks. He made 12 starts.
The swingman averaged 4.5 points per game in 17.8 minutes. He also averaged 1.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.1 blocks.
Hinrich was a key contributor to the Wizards before the deal. He appeared in 48 games. Hinrich made 29 starts.
He averaged 11.1 points per game in 30.6 minutes per contest. He had 2.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.2 blocks per contest.
Armstrong appeared in 41 games before the trade to the Hawks. He made two starts. He averaged 1.9 points per game in 10 minutes per contest.
He also averaged 2.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.4 blocks per contest.
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