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Bulls shopping Rip Hamilton? That was fast.

Jul 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

Rip Hamilton

Eight months ago, Rip Hamilton was going to be the difference maker for the Bulls. He would be the scoring guard that provided them with the offense they needed to put the whole package together. It was all set.

Then everything fell apart. Hamilton was rarely healthy during the regular season, and just when he got back and the Bulls were ready for the playoff run… well, you know what happened. Derrick Rose went down, the Bulls were eliminated, and now all of a sudden they’re retooling. They may not match on Omer Asik. They traded Kyle Korver to Atlanta (in principle). They let C.J. Watson go. They may let John Lucas III go.

And now they may ditch Rip Hamilton. From the Chicago Tribune:

Along these lines, league sources said the Bulls have shopped Richard Hamilton’s expiring $5 million deal, which carries a mere $1 million guarantee for 2013-14. Thus far, there have been no takers.

via Kyle Korver: Kyle Korver in Atlanta for physical ahead of Chicago Bulls’ trade – chicagotribune.com.

Hamilton’s contract has value, he has value as a player, and while he hasn’t gotten offers yet, closer to the deadline he likely will.

But this is yet another sign the Bulls are deconstructing.

After building a championship contender in 2010, an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, and winning the top seed in the East two years in a row, they’re blowing it up. This is the new NBA. Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah with a great defense and excellent bench isn’t good enough. Especially when your owner hates paying the luxury tax.

The Bulls era may be ending before it ever began.

  1. BigBeachBall - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    rose’s ACL couldn’t be reached for a comment.

  2. raidmagic - Jul 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    wow just like that….

  3. tarnationsports - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    The knicks will offer him a deal. They’ll sign everyone over 33 and play each of them 5 minutes a game.

  4. sloiggles - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Jerry Reinsdorf needs to get with the times. Have there been any teams in the past ten years that haven’t paid luxury taxes? New CBA, same old garbage. If you want to win in the NBA you have to spend the $$

  5. isd87 - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I think this post is a little over dramatic. They aren’t blowing it up,its called bench turnover and its a natural part of the NBA. Their core, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, and Derrick Rose will remain intact for the foreseeable future they are looking to trade Rip to for O.J. Mayo who is a more expensive option.

    • passerby23 - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM

      I agree. I don’t think Korver for Hinrich could be considered “blowing it up.” If anything, they just got better. And you’re right, Hamilton for Mayo would make them better.

      That being said, championship windows (with rare exception) are only open for so long. Rose may miss the entire season or most of it. If he comes back, how effective will he be? Then you’re looking ahead to next season. Boozer is a year older and you never know which free agent will decide to walk.

      It sorta reminds me of when the Jazz made two straight Finals appearances, watched Jordan retire and the Bulls blow it up, won the #1 seed, and everyone said it was their time. I don’t think the Bulls are going to win a championship with their roster and may have to deconstruct before they start talking championship again.

      • dal24la - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:46 AM

        What the Bulls SHOULD do is pull a San Antonio Spurs (David Robinson) and just tank the season with their superstar player out to try and get a top 5 pick to pair with D. rose.

      • dal24la - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:49 AM

        And I realize multiple injuries to key players is why they got the number one pick so this injury could turn out to be fortunate for the Bulls…just saying.

  6. itsthemelman82 - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Who says they are deconstructing? Would you pay a 5 mil salary to someone can’t stay on the court to contribute during a 66 game season??? I never thought Rip was the “missing” piece but, I didn’t think he’d be addition. Sucks that he has no value… just like Boozer.

    How can Moore say that this team may not be good enough to compete in this “new” NBA, is beyond me. Maybe he didn’t watch the same playoffs that I watched. I could’ve sworn Derrick went down w/ an ACL injury and Noah went down with an ankle injury… were they supposed to win it all this year once that happened? Can we all PLEASE wait until the Bulls are healthy before we write them off as done.

  7. trybe29dr - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    I see the word core is being thrown around loosely. Again…bulls will always be just good enough to be a playoff team…once in theyll buckle because they have no real a class talent outside of Rose

  8. ccshocktalk - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Jerry is at it again…this will be the third time he has blown up a championship caliber team…there is a reason few if any former bulls ever come to Chicago to work after their career….Jerry is probably one of the worst owners in the league.

    • pudgalvin - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      Yeah, aside from Stacey King, Scottie Pippen, Bill Wennington, Kendall Gill, Pete Myers, Bill Cartwright, John Paxson, Jay Williams, I can’t name any.

    • chiadam - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:38 PM

      At least try and make sense. Know what you’re talking about. Randy Brown, Bill Cartwright, Stacey King, John Paxson, Scottie Pippen, BJ Armstrong, Norm Van Lier, Pete Myers and Bill Wennington. All former Bulls that work or worked for the Bulls. Moron

    • blueintown - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM

      Go ahead and add to that list Johnny “Red” Kerr and Bob Love, who probably would’ve died had Jerry Reinsdorf not stepped up to voluntarily pay 100% of his medical bills. Idiot.

  9. trybe29dr - Jul 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Why should we wait to write them off? Even with those 2 they wont win titles…theyre just not good enough u need more than 1 scoring option. Does no one in the chicago fan base get that?

    • steelerfanforlife - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Of course we realize that! Why do you think we are getting rid of the players who can’t provide us with that scoring?!!! The Bulls have had the best record in the league 2 years in a row, they still have their core and if they can trade RIP to get someone like OJ Mayo I would say they’ve upgraded, wouldn’t you? We didn’t get rid of anyone that couldn’t be replaced. Worry about your own team, the Bulls will be just fine!

      • thenmoveback - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:15 PM

        The Bulls are not just fine! Their core of Rose, Boozer, Deng, and Noah will NEVER compete with the talent the HEAT have, no matter who they have on the bench. The Bulls need to shop one of their “big 4″ and get Rose some real scoring help. Deng is good but boozer is washed up and Noah is just a role playe with no much offense.

  10. chi01town - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    CHICAGO understands how to win there are SIX banners in that place an they have a plan…. Its just not what we think it should be.

  11. elComandanteenJefe - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Rip is still on the floor from that DWade “sit your ass down” shove!

  12. misterdreamer119 - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Bulls are done. Heats, Celtics, pacers gonna lead the east.

  13. thedetroitsportsfan - Jul 15, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    If he had stayed healthy i really do think that Rip could have been a great fit with that team. He was still playing at a high level when he left Detroit, i think the main reaaons Dumars let him go where with him in the lineup it prevented Stucky from being able to move to the 2 spot for years and thats where he can play his best. I think people will look at his age and after not having a chance to watch him play and put up an easy 20 a night like hes capable of doing not seeing the potential. The guy is a freak of a physical speciment, he could run the court a whole game without being taken out of the lineup without getting tired.. He can still produce well as a starter and really is a great fit in that Chicago lineup, I want to see him end his career the way Reggie Miller did – showin haters he still had it, not having a year hurt throw him outta the leauge like Iverson, wishing a team woulda gave him one more shot before retirement to end his career planing like the player he is and always was

  14. fnc111 - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Typical Chicago sports. One of the biggest jokes when it comes to its owners. No matter what sport they have a small window of success then cellar dwell for a decade after. Wont see a title contender in Chi until Theo rebuilds for 2015.

    • blueintown - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      Yeah, that window was really small for the entire 1990’s.

  15. trybe29dr - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    @steelerfanforlife, no one is worried about your one player house of cards in chicago. Getting rid of guys like rip? The problem is getting guys like rip or hinrich in the first place…the team just keeps signing 3rd rate talent.

  16. miamatt - Jul 15, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Makes a lot of sense if you ask me. Richard Hamilton was signed to help win last year; that didn’t happen, and realistically, the upcoming year will likely be lost for the Bulls as well. Only the Bulls management and team doctors know how Rose’s knee is looking at this point. I don’t doubt he returns, but it will likely be 2013-2014 before he is as good or better than the Rose we’ve come to know.

    The Bulls need at least one, and better yet two players besides Rose who can create their own shot. And it would be helpful to have guys who not only can shoot threes, but play basketball (bye bye, Korver). A bunch of defense oriented B-actors around Rose won’t get it done. If Thibodeau can really coach D, then he should be able to get some guys NOT known for their defense to assimilate into his system. Then the Bulls will be a real threat to win a title.

  17. ashipinharbor - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Shopping a bench player who doesn’t have an above average skill aside from streaky scoring is “blowing it up”? Sensationalism in media is annoying.

  18. deiong - Jul 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    the heat were given there championship this year, so i dont think stern needs to help them again. dwain wades on a sharp decline. ray will help, but hes pretty old. james doesnt make anyone other then himself good. good thing they were given a ring this year, cause it was his last chance with the current heat.

    oklahoma is still young enough, they wouldnt lose to the heat or much anyone else next season, even with rigged help from sternie.

    i dont think kirk for korver is an upgrade on offense, but def on defense. i’d say the only core they could afford to lose is boozer, he did good, but hes not as good as he was, declining. i’d shop him around for a good shooter, and then hire a good offensive assistant coaches, because the bulls were freggin awsome shooters at the start of the season because they worked on it themselves during the off season, and you can see the decline under there coach. as good as the coach is, hes not the greatest offensive coach. he needs to take some calsses over the off season on how to take care of business on that end.

    • blueintown - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      Perhaps you should join Thibs at this mythical basketball academy. Start with the gen ed’s. Please.

    • miamatt - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Your comment is embarrassing to anybody who speaks english or watches the NBA. I would reply on specific points but can’t see what the point would be.

    • skinsfanwill - Jul 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      OKC won’t ever win a championship as long as they don’t play defense. Miami TOOK that championship dude. Just like they ran through Chicago the year before in the PLAYOFFS. This Chi team is built to win games, not championship games. They all crumble in the playoffs when the games actually count towards something. Boozer will be their demise. He’s just a bum.

    • nobandwagonridersallowed - Jul 17, 2012 at 3:20 AM

      @ Deiong

      Are you serious?! The Heat were GIVEN a championship?! James only makes HIMSELF better?!
      Dude or Dudette, your posting rights should be banned for a month after most of those comments… I wonder if you’d be sending all kinds of praises up had OKC won the title this year (that was a rhetorical question by the way) You get the prize, because by far you’ve managed to humor us all with some of the most asinine statements known to PBT

      P.s. Congratulations, it’s a bitter hater!

  19. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Rip H. can still fill it up, and the Lakers amongst others would be glad to have him for punch off the bench.

  20. sophillyimjersey - Jul 15, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Idk how the Knicks r able to afford all these contractsc,I’d like to see my Sixers pick RIP up. Would be a nice addition to bring the Philly boy home!

  21. asublimeday - Jul 16, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    It was good enough. Until rose blew his acl.

  22. boilerup1869 - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    Who cares if they send Rip somewhere? He was a third-tier contributor who couldn’t stay healthy and was being overpaid to begin with. I can’t have any hard feelings about cutting ties with ineffective players.

  23. fnc111 - Jul 16, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Blueintown,

    Two words. Michael Jordan. Nothing to do with the Bulls knowing what to do they just got thankfully lucky with one guy that built the franchise up. The franchise was a joke before and an even bigger joke after he “retired.”

    Without Jordan, Chicago sports would have very little in titles. Homer.

    • blueintown - Jul 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM

      Yeah, the Bulls just “got lucky”. Then they got lucky again when they traded Oden Polynice for Scottie Pippen, and again when they traded Charles Oakley for Bill Cartwright, and again when they drafted Horace Grant, and again when they hired Phil Jackson and Tex Winters, and again when they acquired Toni Kukoc, and again when they traded Will Purdue for Dennis Rodman. Quite the string of good luck for the chaps on the West side.

  24. ezmoney365 - Jul 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    lets be honest, ive been a bulls fan since i knew what a basketball was and ever since the jordan era ended the bulls have needed a legitimate scoring big man, and they havent had one yet, their biggest problem was over valueing Carlos Boozer in the greates free agent summer of all time, just because they had the money to spend doesnt mean he was worth it….they will never win a championship with carols boozer on the team point blank. watson needs to go also, hes too much of a lose cannon at times and his decision making is terrible as a PG, that pass to osik at the end of game 6 was shall i say “stupid” i would have told him to find is own way home if i was the GM….

  25. diamondmo33 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Derrick and the 4 rosemen

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