HoopsHype Richard Hamilton rumors

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The NBA on Saturday suspended Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton one game without pay for "throwing an elbow and making contact with the face of Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan." Hamilton will miss Sunday's game against the Miami Heat. The incident occurred with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter of Toronto's 97-88 victory Friday. Referees called Hamilton for a flagrant foul two, and he was ejected. It was Chicago's second loss to Toronto in four days. USA Today Sports

April 13, 2013 Updates

The NBA announced on Saturday that Bulls guard Richard Hamilton has been suspended one game without pay for throwing an elbow and making contact with the face of Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan during Friday night's 97-88 loss. Chicago Tribune

March 19, 2013 Updates

After tiptoeing around the question last week, coach Tom Thibodeau on Monday didn't rule out that Richard Hamilton could be sidelined for the remainder of the season with his back injury. "There's an unknown," Thibodeau said. "It's a back, so those things are tricky. We'll just have to wait and see." Chicago Tribune

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Chicago stood pat at the trade deadline, as expected, other than offering Rip Hamilton to no effect, according to league sources. The Bulls can tinker around the margins, as they did Saturday by signing veteran forward Lou Amundson to a 10-day contract. But they cannot go above the $74 million "apron" allowed to teams that exceed the $70.3 million tax threshold by $4 million or less. NBA.com

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The best scenario might be the popular rumor of trading Richard Hamilton to Denver for 7-foot-1 Russian Timofey Movgoz. But it's tough to tell whether this has a chance of actually happening. Bulls fans haven't seen much of Movgoz, who averaged 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds a year ago. Maybe he could turn out to be a low-cost, long-range backup center. But one reason the Nuggets are shopping him is his impending restricted free agency. There's no telling what it might cost to keep him. Arlington Heights Daily Herald

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Richard Hamilton turns 35 next month, a time when reflection becomes reality for professional athletes. "You do start to think about how long you're going to play because you're not at the beginning of your career. You're toward the end," Hamilton said in a quiet moment late Wednesday. "I don't see myself playing any longer than when I'm 38. That will be my max by far." Chicago Tribune

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I was talking with a general manager the other day who said if he were the Bulls he’d try to move Hamilton because you shouldn’t be paying the luxury tax when you are not seriously competing, which the Bulls cannot be without Rose. But I’m fairly sure the Bulls would not take back a longer contract for Hamilton given they can buy out Hamilton after this season. I get a dozen or so Boozer trade suggestions every week, but there remains little market for him with $32 million still left on his deal after this season. And he’s been playing pretty well. NBA.com

December 30, 2012 Updates

Having Hamilton back also means that veteran shooter Marco Belinelli heads back to the bench after an impressive December. Because of Hamilton's limited playing time, Belinelli, who scored 17 on Saturday night, and second-year swingman Jimmy Butler will still see minutes, but Thibodeau still isn't sure just how many each will get it. It's because of Belinelli's solid play and Butler's energy off the bench that Hamilton's name has popped up in a lot of trade speculation throughout the league. "I don't pay attention to it," said, who has a team option at the end of this season. "It happens every year. Every year, if you ain't in a trade rumor, then you ain't doing something right. That's how I always looked at it. That's the way this game goes, you hear about stuff every day because GM's are talking to different players every day. It's nothing that I even get caught up or think about or anything like that." ESPN.com

December 25, 2012 Updates

However, with his recent injury, that could be hard to pull off unless he makes an impressive return in the month or so leading up to the deadline, so it might not be possible to move him. Actually, I'm sure they could find a taker -- Phoenix, for one, is a team that I've heard has some interest -- but at this stage of his career, Hamilton and his representatives might not be open to playing for a non-contender, even for half of a season. CSN Chicago

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