I'm having trouble understanding why Washington would take on Kirk Hinrich's $17 million in salary and cap space over the next two years just in order to obtain the #17 pick in the draft.
I guess the obvious answer is because they wanted Hinrich - but knowing that they were getting their point guard of the future in the draft in Wall, and already having Arenas, why would Washington want that much money invested in another PG or combo guard? Just doesn't seem to make sense.
I guess another answer could be that they think they are going to be able to move Arenas, but is that really possible? Arenas has $57 million left over three years, he's often injured (or suspended) - what team is going to take on that contract and that risk? Orlando has been rumored to swapping Carter for Arenas, but Carter only has one year left on his huge contract. I can't see the Magic wanting to financially handcuff themselves for another two years with Arenas' contract.
Which gets me back to, why would Washington want Hinrich when they already have Wall, and they're stuck with Arenas? And more important, why would they eat up cap space especially this summer with the crop of FA's available?
So how about this thought:
1) Portland has been rumored to have had interest in Hinrich in the past.
2) Chicago is desparate to get out from under Hinrich's contract to make cap room for Labron and others.
3) Washinton has the cap space, wanted to get another first round pick, and were also one of the teams that showed and interest in Rudy.
Sounds like a three way deal that someone like KP could put together. It makes a lot of sense. Chicago gets what they want. Washington gets their pick and Rudy. They have to take on an expiring contract of Pryzbillia, but that's less than Hinrich's contract and for only one year - not two years. Portland gets a veteran point guard that they've coveted - albeit for a hefty price, but certainly better than having the money invested in your 3rd string center.
And ...... maybe it sets the stage for Miller and/or Bayless to get moved for a Parker??