NBA Trade Rumors: Chicago Bulls Must Add Bigger Name to Ensure Rip Hamilton Deal

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIINovember 5, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 31: Richard Hamilton #32 of the Chicago Bulls shoots over Marcus Thornton #23 of the Sacramento Kings at the United Center on October 31, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Kings 93-87. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls haven't had any luck in their attempts to move Rip Hamilton, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News says:

"It’s really no surprise, but the Bulls are having no luck trying to move Richard Hamilton, whose $5 million in 2012-13 is fully guaranteed."

Who would want Hamilton at this stage in his career, and at this point in the season?

If the Bulls want to move Rip, they will have to make him a part of a bigger deal. Hamilton's expiring contract would be more enticing as a secondary asset in a deal that ships Joakim Noah or Luol Deng elsewhere.

Many Bulls fans are very attached to the team's very likable core, but the recent re-signing of Taj Gibson makes moving Carlos Boozer, Noah or Deng even more necessary. Committing to a four-year, $38 million extension with Gibson, per ESPN, means the Bulls obviously plan on starting him in the very near future.

That move says two things for the Bulls' future frontcourt. Primarily, Boozer's huge contract has to be moved through amnesty or via trade. you're not going to tie up over $20 million dollars annually in the same position.

Secondly, the Bulls can't expect to have much offense with Gibson and Noah at PF and C respectively. The Bulls need a center that can score with his back to the basket if Gibson is going to be the man at PF.

As good as Gibson and Noah are on defense and on the boards, they aren't great scorers. The Bulls need an offensive playmaker.

They had hoped Hamilton could add that, but he has been inconsistent. Hamilton has averaged only 12.8 points per game in 31 games with the Bulls.

That total looks even worse when you consider many of those games were without Derrick Rose on the floor. To compound Hamilton's ineffectiveness, he's missed 38 games due to injury.

The only team that would be interested in Hamilton is a contending squad looking for a bench scorer, but that interest isn't likely to come until the trade deadline approaches.

Unless the Bulls are willing to make Rip a part of a bigger deal, they'll likely be stuck with him. Bulls' fans may as well embrace the mask.


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