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Chicago Bulls making serious run at Rip Hamilton

Dec 10, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

Rip Hamilton

This comes as a surprise to just about nobody. But it also seems a good fit. And destined to happen.

The Bulls are making a hard charge at Richard Hamilton to become their new two-guard, reports Aggrey Sam at

Rip Hamilton was bought out by the Pistons on Friday and is a free agent. He is not the 2006 All-Star level player anymore, but he is still an efficient midrange shooter who can knock down threes and plays smart team defense. He averaged 14.1 points and 3.1 assists last year with shooting and PER numbers near the league average.

That said, he is a considerable offensive upgrade over Keith Bogans, who started for the Bulls at the two last year. The Bulls have yet to pick up the option on Bogans for this season and held him out of practice on Friday.

Getting a wing player to fill the spot between Derrick Rose and Luol Deng was the Bulls highest free agency priority. They targeted Caron Butler but he went to the Clippers (another team in need of a wing starter) and Vince Carter, who is rumored to be headed to Dallas.

Rip to the Bulls seems destined and seems a good fit that makes the Bulls a better team this season. The Bulls are contenders and Rip has won an NBA ring in Detroit, having that experience in the locker room is another reason Chicago wants him.

  1. blueintown - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    I don’t know why I don’t like this, but I don’t. Tell me why.

    • brooklynbulls - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:20 PM

      Think of it this way, he’s only a rental, and the best “2” that the Bulls can afford. I stongly preferred Butler but it makes no sense to go into the luxury prematurely for a temporary fix. He moves well without the ball, defends, will hit the mid range and the three, and a tough competitor. His conditioning alone is gonna give defenders (DWade) fits cuz he’s constantly moving and they have to keep up with him
      If you’re worried about his attitude last year, thats in the past. The Pistons have lost their collective mind and are making one dumb decision after another. I’d be pissed all the time as well.

      • blueintown - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:57 PM

        Yeah, I agree with all of that. He just seems like the type of player who is due for the kind of cataclysmic injury that shelves him for a short season.

  2. trey14jewels - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    I like it, as long as the Bulls’ next move is to aggressively pursue D12. They have all the pieces they need for a trade, but there is no excuse for not trying.

  3. tibbs7 - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Better than Caron Butler at the 2.

  4. summoe2c - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Well Rip will bring dat championship experience 2da team also I make n run for Crawford as well n Agent 0 to b da Jason Terry of da Bulls.

    • blueintown - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      English, m**********! Do you speak it?!

  5. reupjosh - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

    The point you made about moving without the ball, is a great compliment to DRose’s game. Plus yeah, anything to tire out Dwade is always good.

  6. mcjon22 - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Good move. Doesn’t tie up the Bulls financially long term and allows them to keep looking for that Star to pair with D Rose whenever that person becomes available. There is a very real chance a guy like Monte Ellis becomes available down the road and Chicago has quality young players and picks to swing a trade. This is a good fit for this team IMO, they’re scrappy, young, and play hard just like those Piston teams use to do.

  7. bulls26 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    This would be a good deal for the Bulls. Richard Hamilton has more experience in the playoffs than Bogans and Korver combined. Also he gives the team both offensive and defensive help, which Bogans or Korver can’t give you both. That said the bulls should have Hamilton and then have Korver come of the bench, so he can give offensive help.

  8. baboushka - Dec 10, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    Go Bulls! This is a fantastic move if they pull it off. He is a perfect uptempo complement to D’Rose. And he is always a threat to score or slash. Deng’s game will be the prime beneficiary. Tag Gibson should benefit to from all of that uptempo movement between Rose/Hamilton and Deng. If they had Rip in that championship series last year, I don’t believe they would have lost to Miami. A breat move for both sides. It’ll be fun to watch. Now if only my Celtics can steal Greg Oden from Portland.

  9. glink123 - Dec 10, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    At the end of the season, this signing will be the reason GarPax wins NBA Executive of the Year. This fills a HUGE need at the 2. They’ll still need to find a long-term solution at this position, but Rip will buy them a year or two.

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