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Hamilton clears waivers, signs with the Bulls

Posted on: December 14, 2011 4:38 pm
Edited on: December 14, 2011 10:26 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

The Bulls have been hunting a shooting guard all offseason and it looks like they finally have one. It's not Jamal Crawford or one of the other bigger name guys, but it is a former champion.

Richard Hamilton has cleared waivers after being bought out by the Pistons last week and will likely join the Bulls Thursday after a two-year, $10 million deal is finalized. The AP reports Hamilton's deal is for three-years, $15 million. I imagine that last season is either a team option or only partially guaranteed.

Hamilton will likely step right into the starting role for Chicago, especially since it appears that Keith Bogans will be cut. (The Bulls have an option on him and he hasn't been in training camp yet this season.)

The Bulls have been searching for added scoring and while Hamilton is 33 (to be 34 in February) and has seen his numbers decline a bit in recent seasons, but he's still one of the best players moving without the ball and knocking down a jumper curling off a screen. And with Joakim Noah setting them and Derrick Rose drawing attention, Hamilton should have a good number of opportunities.

Hamilton shot only 38.2 percent last season and averaged a meager 14.1 points per game, but that honestly could be just about all the Bulls need. They need something next to Rose. They need something to serve as a logical middle man scorer between Rose and Luol Deng. Carlos Boozer is that guy some nights, but the Bulls won last season because of defense.

When it got to the playoffs, that wasn't enough. They needed an extra punch and really, 14 points a game could be just enough. And I don't think Hamilton's done with his production. Last season in Detroit was a different world with the team rebelling against John Kuester and Hamilton finding himself inactive for a lot of games. He wasn't happy. But now in a contending situation with the Bulls, he might find a little new life.

It honestly wouldn't shock me if Hamilton averaged something like 16-18 points a game on solid percentages. He can still play and is a great addition to the Bulls. Is he Jamal Crawford or a big target shooting guard? No, not anymore. But he probably doesn't have to be. 
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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Hamilton clears waivers, signs with the Bulls

Gordon WOULD help a ton, but the league blocked the original CP3 trade because they wanted the Hornets to get YOUNG talent and draft picks.  So I don't see what we have, other than Rose which would be foolish, that would bring Gordon here.



Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:02 am
 

Hamilton clears waivers, signs with the Bulls

Keep dreaming!



Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 9:21 am
 

Hamilton clears waivers, signs with the Bulls

the bulls should trade for eric gordon i dont know who but eric gordon would help a TON



Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: December 15, 2011 7:46 am
 

Hamilton clears waivers, signs with the Bulls

Da Da Bulls , taking it to the finals this year


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Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 9:24 pm
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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Hamilton clears waivers, to sign with the Bulls

Rip's probably so happy to be out of Detroit and back in a winning situation, that he will be a good soldier as far as PT goes. I always liked him a lot, and wondered what the Wizards last decade would have looked like if we had kept him and 'sheed. Rip has a good many miles on the odometer, but if they can keep his minuites down during the regular season, he is the type of veteran who can still catch fire in the playoffs. The Bulls should be a very interesting team to watch this season.



Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Hamilton clears waivers, to sign with the Bulls

I think signing Hamilton will be a decent one for the Bulls for the 2011-12 season. If the seson doesn't bode well, I dare say after the season we'll see the Bulls use their amnesty and cut Boozer so they have major room to sign a quality free agent.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 14, 2011 7:53 pm
 

Hamilton clears waivers, to sign with the Bulls

Funny.  I think that was a Scott Skiles thing.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Hamilton clears waivers, to sign with the Bulls

for what is out there and what they can afford l think RIP is not a bad choice after all. he may not have played the best he could in detroit because of coach and team chemistry. chicago is one good player away from title contention, although RIP is a reach for that player needed (age) he is a decent choice. alteast they didnt sell the future (draft picks) trying to get that perfect player, they did what may be the answer or may be a bust. only time will tell. let the games begin.  go chicago go.



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Hamilton clears waivers, to sign with the Bulls

You would think they would look for a more efficient shooter, especially from long range. Who is going to spread out the defense on this team? Rose is best finishing at the rack, Deng is a midrange guy, boozer and noah both are best inside of 15 feet- where is their range? Three years ago, this might have made sense, but Hamilton's field goal percentage is atrocious these days. I don't know if they watched any Pistons' games last year, but he's not much on the defensive end anymore, either. This seems like a bad fit to me, plus he might grouse if you try to cut his minutes once they confirm he stnks and have to send him to the bench.


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