Richard Hamilton's days are numbered in Chicago.
The Chicago Bulls’ roster currently consists of 15 players. While some of those guys will return to the team next season, others will take their talents elsewhere.
Which players will not remain in the Windy City for the 2013-14 campaign?
One thing’s for sure—Derrick Rose isn’t going anywhere. The 2011 MVP hasn’t played since tearing his ACL during last year’s playoffs. Yet, he’s clearly the face of the franchise and one of the league’s top five players when healthy.
Joakim Noah, perhaps the top all-around center in the league, is also guaranteed to stay put. The only way he’ll leave town is if the Miami Heat offers LeBron James in a trade, and we know that’s not happening.
In addition, don’t expect the Bulls to deal Luol Deng, although a few teams may show interest in the All-Star forward.
The Bulls will have several free agents this summer. Will the team re-sign Marco Belinelli? And what about Noah’s backup Nazr Mohammed?
Here’s a trio of players who likely won’t return to Chicago next season.
Unless you’re a hardcore Bulls fan, you probably weren’t aware Vladimir Radmanovic was on the roster.
Radmanovic has rarely touched the court this season, appearing in just 25 games and playing 5.8 minutes a night. He’s averaging only 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds while shooting 30 percent from the field.
Chicago signed him during the offseason to help stretch the floor with his long-range shooting. However, he has hit just five of his 27 three-point attempts.
It’s an understatement to say Radmanovic is well-traveled. Besides the Bulls, he has also played for the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks.
And there’s about a 110 percent chance he’ll have to find yet another team once he becomes a free agent this summer. Sorry guys, Vlad Rad won’t be a Bull for much longer.
The Richard “Rip” Hamilton experiment has been a major disappointment to say the least.
The Bulls acquired him in December 2011, hoping he would instantly fix their shooting guard problem. Sadly, though, Hamilton’s tenure in Chicago has been filled with injuries.
The chart below displays the number of games he has missed over the last few seasons.
According to hoopsworld.com, Hamilton has a team option for $5 million next season. It’s extremely unlikely that the Bulls pick up the option due to Hamilton’s age and his inability to stay healthy.
With Hamilton’s departure, Chicago could start either Jimmy Butler or Marco Belinelli (if re-signed) at shooting guard and draft a guy like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope or Tim Hardaway Jr. for the future.
The Bulls weren’t expecting Hamilton to be the three-time All-Star that he was with the Detroit Pistons. However, they did believe he could avoid the injured list and emerge as an everyday contributor.
It’s too bad his Chicago tenure will end up being a short one.
Why in the world would the Bulls not want to keep Nate Robinson?
It’s not that the team doesn’t want him to return; they just might not be able to afford him.
Robinson has enjoyed an outstanding campaign for the Bulls, averaging 12.9 points, 4.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He has also knocked down 133 three-pointers while shooting nearly 40 percent from downtown.
His most memorable performance this season was a 34-point, seven-assist effort against the Denver Nuggets. He shot 6-of-8 from beyond the arc in that game as well.
And don’t forget about his night against the Dallas Mavericks, as he scored 25 points and hit all seven of his three-point attempts.
The three-time slam dunk champion isn’t anywhere close to being an elite defender. However, he has served as a spark-plug off the bench and a respectable point guard starter when filling in for the oft-injured Kirk Hinrich.
Robinson, whom the Bulls signed to a cheap one-year contract last summer, is going to demand much more than the veteran’s minimum this coming offseason.
Bulls management is all about saving money, which is why Robinson will likely change his address as a free agent.
No one knows for sure what the Bulls’ roster will look like next season. But it’s definitely going to be an interesting offseason.