Source: Bulls to pursue Rip Hamilton
December, 10, 2011
By Nick Friedell
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- The Chicago Bulls plan to pursue Rip Hamilton when he is bought out by the Detroit Pistons, according to a source familiar with the situation, and Derrick Rose said Hamilton would be a good fit.
"Rip is a winner," Rose said after the Bulls first practice Friday night. "I can't say nothing bad about him."
Hamilton, 33, spent the past nine seasons in Detroit, where he won a championship in 2004. Hamilton had a falling out with coach John Kuester, who was fired after last season, and was benched for a large part of a seven-week period. He averaged 14.1 points last season, which was his lowest output since his rookie year.
The Bulls had interest in Hamilton last season as they looked for help at shooting guard. Keith Bogans' status with the Bulls remains in doubt. The team has until Dec. 19 to pick up an option on Bogans, who was pulled off the practice court Friday because of his contract status, a source said.
"He's got a championship," Rose said of Hamilton. "It's great. He knows how to win. He came from winning programs. And if he comes along, I know that we'll be happy to have him."
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