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Richard Hamilton to bought out by Detroit

Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 12:46 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: The team made it official Monday via press release.

Said Joe Dumars: "Rip was a champion and a big part of our success."

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After Caron Butler went to the Clippers, Grant Hill back to Phoenix and Shane Battier to the Heat, it looked like this free agent class was getting picked over on the wing spot.

Still Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson dangling, but still not a deep lot. Well, add another veteran buyout casualty.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Richard Hamilton will be bought out by the Pistons. Not waived via amnesty -- just bought out.

Hamilton is 33 and had $25 million left on his deal for this year and next. His production declined last season during a wild year in which he was part of a veteran group that kind of rebelled against coach John Kuester.

Last season, Hamilton averaged 14.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game and appeared in just 55 games. At one point, Hamilton was stuck as inactive and didn't play for an extended stretch.

Hamilton clearly has some decent basketball left in him, but the Pistons are trying to get a bit younger and with last season's issues, it's probably best to move on from Rip.

Potential suitors? The Bulls have to jump to the top of the list who are definitely in the market for a shooting guard. Hamilton's not the longer term scorer like a Jamal Crawford would be, but he is a veteran scorer that will produce. Also look for the Nets and Spurs to throw their names into the mix as they're both in the market for a reliable scorer.
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

Good Ol' facemask RIP won't be un employed for too long. 



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

I wanna thank you Rip for everything you did on and off the court!!!!!! They might replace your roster spot but they will NEVER replace the talent, heart and class you brought to the organization!!!! Good luck Rip and know that you will always have a fan here in Detroit no matter where you land this season!!!!



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

@Gator12247 sorry buy I think Rip would be great on the Celtics, they would just run the exact same offense they do for Ray. 


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Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:07 am
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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:33 am
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

This move wasn't shocking at all. The Pistons were trying to unload "Rip" last season,but was unsuccessful so it was just a matter of time once the season began that they were going to let him go. The Pistons are in "re-building mode" and "Rip" wasn't in the equation. The writing on the wall for "Rip" was when the Pistons drafted a guard and the now recent re-signing of Tayshawn Prince. To me,the Pistons still have problems with too many guards,too many "tweeners" at the forward position,and being stuck with two over-paid players in Ben Gordon and "Charlie V.". All in all,the city of Detroit and myself are going to miss you "Rip"!!!!!



Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:16 am
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

So long as he doesn't show up in Boston, I;ll be happy. Celtics already have enough 33+ year olds ..... in a condensed season like 2012 will be, lod is not an advantage.



Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 3:56 am
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

What about Portland? With Brandon Roy retiring he would fit right in.



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:27 am
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

As a Heat fan, I really don't cheer for Chicago. However I'm feeling sorry for the fans. All these power teams making a splash, and I don't see anything from Chicago. Hope they get Hamilton and make it more interesting.



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

Prince would not have signed a 2yr deal w/ team option for 3rd.  The Pistons aren't worth playing for the next couple years & Prince signed due to big enough $$ w/ only team that can offer 4yrs.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

I used to love RIP but his childish behavior last year really started to get foolish by both RIP and the coach. I wish him the best of luck in his future, I thank him for his contribution to this team and what he has done for this team but the piston had to let him go and move on, its time to start changing the landscape and start a new foundation. I wish they didnt sign Prince for four years it would of been better if it was 2 yrs with team option on 3rd, hope they amnesty Charlie V. and then we can sign some F/A's and start to move forward. Come on Joe don't fail us!



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