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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.
Comments

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

Sorry to see Rip leave.  At one time there was no better Piston, nor one more popular.  There is still a place for him in the NBA and he could well be flashing a championship ring this summer if he joins the right team.  Good luck.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:51 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

The coach needed to go not Rip, but he'll be better off on a competitive team



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

I still love Rip! I thing that he is best suited for the Orlando Magic or the Knicks.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

Rip used to be my favorite Piston. If there was a stat for 'Steps Taken' he would lead the league because the dude never stops moving. He's like the energinzer bunny that way. But you don't sign a 30+ year old players who's primary value is his conditioning to a $33 million extension. Add the cancerous attitude he showed towards coach Kuester and there was no doubt that he had to go. This is just correcting one of Joe D's monumemntal failures as a GM.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

I agree......he's gonna help somebody



Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:20 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

i love to see RIP in a Spurs uniform this season that would be cool




Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Report: Rip Hamilton to be bought out by Detroit

RIP was money coming off screens during the Pistons six year reign in the Eastern Conference. Sad to see how far the Pistons have fallen...



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