Veteran guard Richard ‘Rip’ Hamilton wasn’t a free agent very long after he was officially bought out of his contract with the Detroit Pistons Tuesday. Per USA Today, Hamilton has cleared waivers and the Chicago Bulls have inked Hamilton to a three year, $15 million contract to ease some of the scoring burden from reigning MVP Derrick Rose.
Hamilton is an effective scorer on the perimeter, able to knock down jump shots spotting up, off the dribbler or running off screens. Hamilton was the Pistons leading scorer in seven of his nine seasons in Detroit and was a key component in their playoff runs from 2002-2008.
Hamilton has played 12 seasons after being drafted 7th overall by the Washington Wizards out of UConn. The Wizards traded Hamilton to the Pistons in 2002. Hamilton has averaged 17.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.5 apg for his career.
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