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Monday, June 3, 2013
Bulls player review: Rip Hamilton

By Nick Friedell

Nick Friedell looks at each player on the Chicago Bulls roster and how they fit in for the future.

Hamilton
Some people probably wondered why Rip Hamilton didn't play more this season.

Rip Hamilton


2012-13 salary: $5,000,000 | Age: 35| Season stats: 9.8 ppg, 2.4 apg

Season recap: Hamilton's second season with the Bulls looked a lot like his first one. He was plagued by different injuries and was never able to stay on the floor long enough to make much of a difference. He struggled to find a chemistry with his teammates and was dropped out of the rotation during the playoffs only to resurface for Games 4 and 5 against the Heat.

Season highlight: Hamilton dropped in 30 points in a November 26 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. That game marked the end of a solid stretch for veteran shooter over the first month of the season.

Season lowlight: Over the first 10 games of the postseason, Hamilton played a grand total of 10:20, which included eight DNP- Coach's decision.

Final grades: Regular season: D Postseason: C-

Notes: To his credit, Hamilton never came out and criticized Tom Thibodeau for his lack of playing time over the last two years, especially during this year's playoff run, but his signing will be viewed as a failure for Bulls GM Gar Forman. The front office thought Hamilton could be the missing piece alongside Derrick Rose but the veteran could not stay on the floor as his body continued to break down. Once Rose got hurt, the fact that Hamilton couldn't stay healthy became even more prominent.

Quotes:"It is what it is," Hamilton said of his future after the Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs. "I enjoyed it. I enjoyed every bit of it. For me, it's just one of them things like when you've got somebody as great as Derrick, and me playing in the backcourt with him ... it's one of them things like, 'Man, I wonder what would have happened.' But that's part of the game. It's part of the game you just try to figure it out."

What's next?: Hamilton will be bought out of the final year of his contract for $1 million. He will try to catch on with another team in the off-season.