A viable rumor making the rounds Wednesday had the Bulls and Celtics possibly making a deal with Kirk Hinrich and Ray Allen as the principals. The Celtics would move Allen -- who is making $19.8 million in the final year of his contract -- if they can acquire a player who can crack their rotation this season and someone they'd be interested in keeping around for the next couple of years.
Hinrich would appear to meet those requirements, but the Bulls might have to sweeten the deal by adding forward Tyrus Thomas, who despite his obvious issues would help Boston's frontcourt depth.
A package of Hinrich, Thomas and the expiring contract of Jerome James for Allen and another player would work under the salary cap.
I think there's starting to be a lot of smoke to this deal. The Tyrus and James stuff is more speculation stuff by the writer, but count me as a fan of Tyrus Thomas on the Celtics. He would add an athletic forward to our team, something we sorely need and he crashes the offensive glass, which is another major need (especially since Powe's departure). I can imagine him thriving in the open floor with Rondo and throwing down a couple "oops" from Rajon's "alley's" a game. Hinrich could step in for Ray at the starting shooting guard position, and additionally run the point when Rondo rests. I've always been a fan of Hinrich's game and defense. Everyone loves Ray, but this trade would most likely improve our chances this year and give us a boost in the coming years.
(Shout out to Bohemian who's been all over the Hinrich rumors.)