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Rip Hamilton clears waivers, will be Chicago Bull soon

Dec 14, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

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Unlike what happened with Chauncey Billups ride to Miami (different situation), nobody has gotten in the way of Richard Hamilton landing with the Chicago Bulls.

Hamilton — you know him as Rip — was bought out by the Pistons but has cleared the waiver wire and is now free to sign with the Chicago Bulls, tweets K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Rip has cleared waivers. Sounds like he’ll be at Bulls practice on Thursday after 2/$10M deal is finalized.

It could be three years, $15 million, the Associated Press reports. That seems like a lot of years from where I sit for a 33-year-old this season who is already showing decline in his game.

Joakim Noah said this about Rip.

“I think (Hamilton) would be a great addition to our team,” Noah said. “He’s obviously a hell of a player, but Ronnie’s (Brewer) been having a great camp right now.”

This is different than what happened to Chauncey Billups because he was amnestied by the Knicks, which meant the Clippers, who were under the salary cap, put in a bid on Billups and only had to take on part of his salary. Because Hamilton was a buyout if you claimed him on waivers you had to pay the full contract price. Nobody wanted to do that so he is a free agent.

And he was always destined for the Bulls if that happened. This is not the 2005 Hamilton, but he doesn’t need to be, what his is right now is a serious upgrade at a need position for the Bulls. Hamilton gave 14.1 points a game to the Pistons and shot 38.2 percent from three last season. That kind of production from the two guard would be huge for the Bulls, suggests Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com.

But as for Hamilton’s actual impact in the Windy City, expect the Coatesville, Pa. native to be rejuvenated as he’s on a title contender — as opposed to the past couple of lottery-bound, turmoil-ridden campaigns in Motown — although it’s unlikely that at 33-years-old (34 in February), he can match his prior All-Star level production. Nor is that necessary.

The Chicago Bulls are about to get better. That is bad news for every other team in the East.

  1. rsahajpa - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Kurt,
    Richard Hamilton was not amnestied. He was bought out for $8 million dollars. In actual fact, every team could have claimed him off waivers, but they would have had to take on the remaining two years and $19 million left on his contract.

    Bulls Fans Everywhere

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 15, 2011 at 3:11 AM

      This was corrected soon after the post went live. My mistake.

  2. brooklynbulls - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    This article is trippin me out. Rip was bought out of his contract for 8 or 9 million, not amnestied. And when did Chaunce supposedly land with the Heat?

  3. dirtybird2020 - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Bullups is with clippers, they were just saying that billups was wanting to goto the heat, bulls just got better, 14 points in limited minutes he forgot to add, 38 percent is pretty legit

  4. dirtybird2020 - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:33 PM

    Its not final yet, he sent a tweet saying he might play for 3 different teams so knows, hes not a bull till hes a bull

    • dadawg77 - Dec 14, 2011 at 3:59 PM

      Latest tweet was down to two teams. Needs leverage with the new contract.

  5. boyohboytheword - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    I am sure Chicago will handle buisness, they need Rip. boyohboy will they be a problem

  6. albie23 - Dec 14, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    He’ll be a Bull by days end! Why wouldn’t he be? The Bulls are looking great with little change.

  7. jbthedon - Dec 14, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    I love it for the Bulls. They still need 1 more scorer. Crawford would be nice.

  8. eaglesandravens - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    To bull’s fans: thumbs up if you want Rip Hamilton. Thumbs down if you want Jamal Crawford.

  9. dirtybird2020 - Dec 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Ill take hamilton over crawfird, hamilton takes smarter shots and makes the right plays, crawford takes ill advised shots with diuble teams on him, and dont play defense, hamiltons has a way better resume and their about the same amount of years in the nba, hamilton scored like 15 points in like 30 minutes on the floor, and 38% percent i think from the 3, hes a legit fit, i hope they keep bogans thoughhe plays hard and can shut down elite players

  10. cluelessdufus - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    alright for a bulls fan like me this good this team looks great and closer to a ring

  11. mondzy805 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:37 PM

    That’s right. He will do for now. Anything is better that Bogans. Lets go Bulls. Its our time.

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