ATLANTA – The struggling Atlanta Hawks acquired guard Kirk
Hinrich from Washington in a five-player trade Wednesday,
upgrading their backcourt for the playoff run.
The Hawks also received forward Hilton Armstrong in exchange for
guard Mike Bibby, rookie guard Jordan Crawford, swingman Maurice
Evans and a first-round pick in this year’s draft.
The Hawks have lost four out of five games and slipped to fifth inthe top-heavy Eastern Conference. Not only do they have to worry about catching the teams ahead of them; the sixth-place New York Knicks,
who began the night five games behind Atlanta, made one of biggest splashes ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline by acquiring
Denver star Carmelo Anthony.