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Hawks acquire Hinrich from Wizards to counter East trades

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Atlanta Hawks joined the NBA's trading spree by acquiring guard Kirk Hinrich in a five-player deal with the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, keeping pace with earlier moves by Eastern Conference competition.

The Hawks also received Hilton Armstrong in the deal, sending point guard Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, Jordan Crawford and a draft pick to the Wizards, Atlanta announced.

"We felt we had a good opportunity to improve our ballclub by adding Kirk and Hilton," Hawks Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund told reporters.

"Kirk is a well-rounded player that gives us options at both guard positions. His resume includes significant playoff experience as well."

Atlanta's acquisition comes with Thursday's trading deadline looming and the New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets having just made traded for All Stars Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams.

The Knicks are breathing down Atlanta's neck for fifth place in the East.

Hinrich is averaging 11.1 points per game this season and should provide an upgrade over Bibby, who was the team's starting point guard.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford; to query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)