Keep an eye on Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich.
If the Lakers can't make a splashy move for the elite point guard they crave -- a long shot at best at this point -- and can't swing a deal for top fallback choice Ramon Sessions, taking Hinrich and his $8.1 million salary into their $8.9 million Lamar Odom trade exception is a natural move to give L.A. some semblance of an upgrade in the backcourt going into the postseason.
Hinrich has only started one game this season for the Hawks and is averaging 17.1 minutes per game, well off his 33.1 mpg career average. In his reduced playing time, he's averaging just under five points a game, also well off his 12.8 ppg career clip. As an all-around solid player when given time, both on offense and defense, the Hinrich whispers make for an intriguing trade rumor to monitor.