Feb 4, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton (32) wears a protective mask during a game against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana defeats Chicago 111-101. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Chicago Bulls Trying to Trade Richard Hamilton

The Chicago Bulls are once again trying to force the contract of Richard Hamilton onto other teams as the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Bulls are holding off on buying out Hamilton’s contract in oder to see if he can be packaged in a trade to move up in the NBA Draft to acquire a top talent that Chicago has been looking at.

Per K.C. Johnson and the Tribune:

Richard Hamilton’s $5 million contract for next season that can be bought out for $1 million currently is drawing little interest as a draft-week trade chip, one source said. But Hamilton’s contract that, with the buyout clause, is close to an expiring deal, could be added as part of a larger deal as the Bulls continue to explore options.

This isn’t the first time that the Bulls have tried to pass off Hamilton to another team as they made him available during this past season’s trade deadline. Chicago themselves picked up Hamilton after he was bought out by the Detroit Pistons back in 2012 but his addition to the team never panned out. The hope was that Hamilton would come alongside Derrick Rose and be a scoring threat the Bulls needed.

But what actually happened was Hamilton played about five minutes in 2012 and was a ghost in 2013 while Rose was first banged up and then sat out the entire season.

Hamilton was a cute experiment for the Bulls but his purpose clearly wasn’t served and Gar Forman must now find a way to rid himself of Hamilton in a way that is somehow beneficial to the team.

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