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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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Hamilton declined to address reporters, but Thibodeau said the veteran was in good spirits and rode a stationary bicycle during practice. "He has some soreness, but he'll be fine," Thibodeau said. "He's had a number of different injuries, so he understands what he has to go through to get back. It could be a week. It could be two weeks. It could be longer. Once he feels good enough to play, he'll be back." Chicago Tribune

December 3, 2012 Updates

Chicago Bulls guard Rip Hamilton will be out indefinitely after tearing the plantar fascia in his left foot Saturday night. "We'll see," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Hamilton's prognosis after Monday's practice. "It could be a week, it could be two weeks, it could be longer. Once he feels good enough to play, he'll be back." ESPN.com

Hamilton tore the plantar fascia in his left foot during Saturday's victory over the 76ers. Thibodeau said Hamilton was in good spirits on Monday and rode the stationary bicycle. There is no timetable for his return. "It could be a week," Thibodeau said. "It could be two weeks. It could be longer. Once he feels good enough to play, he’ll be back." Chicago Tribune

Rip Hamilton has a torn plantar fascia in his left foot, an MRI revealed Sunday. Hamilton injured the foot in the third quarter of the Chicago Bulls' win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. The team said Hamilton would return the court "as his symptoms permit." The injury occurred with just under three minutes left in the third quarter. Hamilton had to be helped off the floor by teammates Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng and was putting no weight on the foot. "I felt something pop," Hamilton admitted after the game. ESPN.com

Either Marco Belinelli or Jimmy Butler will start at shooting guard. Hamilton could be out a week or more. The Bulls have one roster spot open, but if they sign somebody that player wouldn't crack the rotation ahead of Belinelli or Butler. Chicago Tribune

December 2, 2012 Updates

Hamilton suffered the injury when he jumped to throw a pass to Carlos Boozer with 3:15 left in the third quarter. ''[It happened] when I jumped up,'' Hamilton said. ''As soon as I came off my feet, that's when I really felt something on the bottom of my foot. I felt something pop.'' Hamilton was carried off by teammates and went directly to the trainer's room. The Bulls announced Hamilton had a sprained foot and his return was questionable. ''It was a lot scarier than I thought,'' said Hamilton, who scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting. ''But we'll see. [Sunday] I'm supposed to get an MRI on it. But the good thing about it I was able to put a little bit of weight on it and was able to go back into the game.'' Chicago Sun-Times

November 22, 2012 Updates

But even if it’s offense-defense substitutions needed to get Hamilton on the court late, for a team mired in struggles scoring the ball and without the necessary poise needed to win tight games recently, it’s a mystery why a player known for stepping up in the clutch doesn’t get the opportunity to show what he’s capable of. Hamilton answered those concerns diplomatically, perhaps out of deference for Thibodeau’s track record or maybe because after the end to his successful run in Detroit was tainted by the implication that he wasn’t as much as of a team-first player that he seemed to be for his entire career prior to the allegations that surfaced before leaving the Pistons. Either way, he wouldn’t bite. CSN Chicago

“The one thing you’ve just got to do is just cheer for the guy that’s out there. Hopefully we get the win, so you just try to stay positive with it,” he calmly said afterwards. ““Like I always say, whatever they need me to do, I’m going to do. If it’s play whatever, I’m going to play. Just trying to stay positive, just try to keep getting better each and every day. “When I came [to Chicago], it was just one of those things,” Hamilton cryptically continued. “I didn’t want to get caught up in anything else.” CSN Chicago

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