Hornets in the free agency hunt for Kirk Hinrich

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Reports say the Hornets are looking at the long-time Bulls point guard for some added defense and shooting off the bench.

As expected, the Hornets are one of the teams chasing after free agent point guard Kirk Hinrichaccording to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 33-year-old, 11-year veteran is targeted as a backup point guard for the Hornets.

I expected to see the Hornets take a look at Hinrich, who offers some defense and shooting off the bench. Luke Ridnour's defense was a problem toward the end of the season, and Hinrich is a bit fiercer a defender and still a decent shooter.

However, Hinrich's age has him in a steep decline offensively. He hasn't shot above 40 percent from the field for a season in the past two years. The good news is that about 40 percent of his field goal attempts are threes, a shot he still makes at a decent clip, with 39 and 35 percentages in the past couple seasons. He probably won't take too many shots next to Gary Neal and P.J. Hairston as offensive options, but he doesn't look to be a great offensive creator off the bench either, with an assist percentage of only 22.6 percent last season. Take that with a grain of salt, as that was with the Bulls' anemic 28th-ranked offense.

Injuries are also a concern with his age and history. But being able to go to the bench could be a significant help to his health. He has started more than half of his games in his career in every season but one in 2008-09.

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