Friday , Jun , 27 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kirk Hinrich a Lame Duck in Chicago?

Larry Hughes’ contract appears impossible to move. By turning down a five-year, $50 million extension last summer, Ben Gordon, who must approve any sign-and-trade scenario, announced to the NBA he wants $10 million annually — at least.

With an overloaded backcourt that also includes Thabo Sefolosha, Kirk Hinrich has to be the most viable trade candidate and odd guard out, right?

Bulls general manager John Paxson downplayed any imminent trades until the restricted free-agent status of Gordon and Deng is resolved. And Paxson suggested the Bulls would take a "cautious" approach with top pick Derrick Rose, likely bringing him along slowly.