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Report: Bulls considering Rip Hamilton move to save money

Feb 19, 2013, 1:08 PM EDT

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The Chicago Bulls have never paid the NBA luxury tax.

This year would be the first year ever… unless they make a trade. The theory goes that the clock is starting for the repeater tax so if the Bulls are just a little over the tax now they shouldn’t go over it for this season.

Which is why the Bulls are toying with the idea of trading Richard Hamilton, reports the reliable Ken Berger at

Although they planned to be over the tax for the first time this season, Derrick Rose‘s stated reluctance to return from ACL surgery before he’s “110 percent” presents a dilemma. Why pay the tax and burn a year on the clock that begins ticking this season toward massive repeater-tax penalties for a less-than-championship season? For that reason, sources say the Bulls are open to moving Rip Hamilton in a deal that makes sense and saves them a year on the repeater-tax rolls.

I firmly believe Rose will play this season, he went through his first five-on-five drills Monday and while he has said he wants to be 110 percent that is him being cautious and thinking long term. Which is what he should do. But I’d be shocked if he doesn’t play by early March.

That is different than saying the Bulls are contenders — you can argue that with 75 percent of rose they are the second best team in the East, but is that reason enough to pay the tax this season? How crucial is Rip to the offence once Rose does return?

It’s going to have to take an offer they really like, but the Bulls are at least listening.

  1. connorchew - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    great role player at this point in his career. Still has some in the tank.

  2. progress2011 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    The Bulls need to move him, not only to save money but also because he can no longer be a starter/ featured guy. I’ve enjoyed watching RIP play….back from the days when he had hair and he used to sport the long braids.

    RIP and his cast of guys he won a Chip with are all old for the game now – Rasheed, Chauncey & Tayshaun are still hanging around too.

    Chauncey can’t get healthy
    Prince is just a shell of himself
    Rasheed can’t stay healthy and is just a shell

    Again, I enjoyed watching all 3 guys play but the game has passed them by and their bodies can no longer perform at an expert level, they once could.

    I’d like to see them retire and retain their dignity, if they can financially.

  3. monsterofyourgirlsmidway - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Yeah idk how good a ‘role’ player he is on this team. the bulls are built around playing tough defense, which hes below average at. He hasn’t been consistent at all with his offense this year and he’s injury prone. if someone else wants him, Id be ok with moving him out and giving jimmy butler more minutes!

  4. katra2logic - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I am not sure who would want Rip, his BB skills are pretty well R.I.P these days. Cheers :-)

  5. sportsnut101 - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Hope they can trade him he has sucked he’s overpaid n I would just play him 12 min a night max

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