One of the Chicago Bulls’ veterans won’t be back with the team next season.
The Associated Press reports that Richard Hamilton was waived by the Bulls on Wednesday.
The Bulls signed Hamilton before the 2011-12 season, hoping he could help take some of the load off Derrick Rose, but he had trouble staying healthy and fell out of coach Tom Thibodeau’s playoff rotation.
So the Bulls exercised their $1 million buyout and officially parted with the former Detroit Pistons star on Wednesday.
Age has caught up with the former star. While he played in 50 games this season compared to 28 a year ago, the production didn’t improve. The guard averaged 9.8 points per game and had a 30.8 three-point percentage, his second worst since the 2005 season.
Hamilton was mainly known for his run with the Detroit Pistons from 2002-2011. He was part of the 2004 championship team, his second season with the Pistons, under Larry Brown. They won despite his third-worst total point average per game during his nine-year run with the team.
However, Hamilton’s success came at the free throw line that season with a 86.8 percent success rate, his best with the Pistons.