Bulls guard Rip Hamilton has been the topic of trade rumors heading into the league's trade deadline. Management has tried to break up any rumors (via Chicago Sun-Times) of a Hamilton trade, but it hasn't stopped any buzz surrounding his possible movement from the team.
There are many possibilities for where the 13-year veteran could end up, and while they might not be the most extravagant, they provide the Bulls with some help in areas where they need it.
Let's look at a few options the Bulls have to unload their veteran guard.
1. Darrell Arthur (Season Averages: 6.7 PPG, 45.5% FG, 3.3 RPG)
The Bulls could use another big to put out on the floor, and after the Grizzlies' Rudy Gay trade, Memphis has lost a lot of depth in the backcourt. A trade consisting of Arthur and Tony Wroten for Hamilton and Nate Robinson could solve both teams' problems.
The Bulls get a solid backup who can score and rebound, and while he may not be the backup center Bulls fans want, he's still a very solid player who can contribute right away.
Arthur hasn't had much of a chance to prove himself, playing no more than 20 minutes per game in three of his four years. With coach Tom Thibodeau behind him, Arthur could become a great defender and better rebounder.
The Grizzlies have a lot of forwards, and their lack of guards could be enough to make them pull the trigger on a trade like this.
2. Jan Vesely (Season Averages: 2.6 PPG, 49.4% FG, 2.4 RPG)
Vesely has struggled to crack the Wizards' rotation due to the amount of big men they have, making it possible for the Bulls to acquire him.
If the Bulls shipped Hamilton and Robinson in exchange for the Wizards' Vesely and A.J. Price, it could be done.
Vesely would give the Bulls some much-needed depth up front. He also gives the Bulls a different look with his ability to stretch the floor.
While Vesely hasn't proven much in his NBA career, he would still be an upgrade over current backup center Nazr Mohammed. He's young and can still be developed into a solid player.
3. Jared Dudley (Season Averages: 11.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 38.7% 3PT)
The Suns are rebuilding and Jared Dudley still has three more years left on his contract, something they might want to dump. The Bulls can swap Hamilton and a draft pick for Dudley.
The Suns would get an expiring contract in Hamilton, helping them get even more cap space as they move forward in their rebuilding process.
The Bulls would receive some much needed help in the three-point shooting department. The Bulls are near the bottom of the league and Dudley's 40-percent career shooting from deep could be a big asset.
Should the Bulls try to move Rip?
The Bulls haven't always made big splashes before the trade deadline, and many expect this year to be no different. However, should the Bulls decide to move some players around it would change the scope of their season.
Hamilton isn't getting any younger and his durability has been an issue since his arrival in Chicago. Trading him would give Marco Belinelli and Jimmy Butler expanded roles in the offense, and they've both proven to be guys who can perform at high levels.
There only a few days before the trade deadline, and many Bulls fans will be awaiting news, or lack thereof, of a Bulls transaction.