Kings Send Bibby to Atlanta

Hawks offer four players and a 2nd-round draft pick for veteran PG
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2008 5:16 AM CST
Atlanta Hawks guard Anthony Johnson, right, drives around Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash, left, on his way to the basket in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, in Phoenix....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Mike Bibby is headed to Atlanta as part of a trade that will give the Sacramento Kings four expiring contracts and a second-round draft pick, and allow the Hawks to (so they hope) make a run at the playoffs, reports the Sacramento Bee. "I had some good times here in Sacramento," said the veteran point guard, who had expected a trade.

The Hawks will send over Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, Lorenzen Wright and Shelden Williams, whose small and expiring contracts will give the Kings the salary-cap space they would need to pick up some emerging free agents. Atlanta, currently just shy of a playoff spot, will be banking on Bibby's clutch shooting and nine years of experience to push them over the top.