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We'll take the three guys who comprised Chicago's postseason guard rotation one at a time, but barring the kind of massive move discussed in the last slide, Richard Hamilton, Marco Belinelli and Nate Robinson are all going to be playing on different teams next season.
Hamilton has a team option for next year that the Bulls would be crazy to pick up. Despite a nice cameo in Chicago's Game 5 loss, the 35-year-old guard was nothing short of a massive disappointment this past season. He averaged just 9.8 points per game on 43 percent shooting. Plus his diminished lateral quickness made him a big liability on D, which doesn't really fly in Thibodeau's system.
Hours after the Bulls were eliminated, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls would buy out the final year of Hamilton's contract for $1 million, saving $5 million off of their cap figure next year.
Robinson made himself a whole bunch of money this postseason by proving he was capable of scoring in bunches and even carrying a team. He's still wildly inconsistent and something of a defensive liability, but his 23-point fourth quarter in Game 4 against the Brooklyn Nets probably priced him right out of a return to the Bulls.
He'll be in line for a multi-year deal on the free-agent market that the Bulls simply won't be able to match.
Belinelli has bounced around nearly as much as Robinson over the past couple of seasons, and now that he's also a free agent, he'll be shipping out of Chicago as well.
With season averages of just 9.6 points and two assists, the former first-round draft pick isn't going to command a huge salary as an unrestricted free agent, but the fact that he'll get more than the league minimum basically means Chicago can't afford him.