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Hamilton clears waivers, Chicago-bound

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Hamilton clears waivers, Chicago-bound

Now that veteran shooting guard Richard Hamilton has officially cleared waivers, it's only a mere formality that he signs an expected two-year, 10-million mid-level exception deal with the Bulls.

More than likely, Hamilton will be in attendance for Thursday morning's practice at the Berto Center, the team's last session before Friday's preseason opener in Indianapolis against the Pacers.

While the organization will probably look to add another post player with the departure of Kurt Thomas, the roster's most pressing positional need -- a clear-cut, starting-caliber scoring threat next to Derrick Rose in the backcourt -- has been addressed.

Since rumors of Hamilton's eventual acquisition have surfaced, his soon-to-be teammates -- from Rose and Joakim Noah inquiring if the transaction was complete, to Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer offering testimonials -- have expressed praise for the former All-Star and one-time champion, although head coach Tom Thibodeau has refused to comment on the situation until it's made official.

It remains to be determined exactly how Hamilton will fit in on his new team, but as Rose said recently, "Rip is a winner," and that fact, in addition to possessing a skill set of need in Chicago, should have Bulls fans excited.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and draft impact on the Bulls

Mark Schanowski is joined by Will Perdue and Mark Strotman to preview the NBA draft.

0:50       Reaction to Anthony Davis trade and expectations for the Lakers

3:20       What’s next for the Lakers?

4:15       Is the ‘3-star’ approach the right way to win a title?

6:55       Were Bulls even close to trading Zach LaVine? Would a trade for Ball have been a positive?

10:45    On the best type of point guard to pair with LaVine and rumors on Darius Garland

14:08    Would Coby White be a good fit for the Bulls?

16:55    On the potential wings available at 7

18:50    Perdue on Reddish upside

19:35    Concern over the ‘low-motor’ red flag with Reddish, are Bulls able to take a risk?

22:30    On finding a point guard in free agency

24:10    Predictions for Bulls at 7

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Kirk Hinrich sent U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland into basketball retirement

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Kirk Hinrich sent U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland into basketball retirement

U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland used to be a basketball star. Then he ran into Kirk Hinrich.

Woodland, who won the 119th U.S. Open Championship on Sunday at Pebble Beach, shared a story about how he transitioned from basketball to golf.

Woodland was attending Washburn University in Kansas, and as a freshman in 2002 he and the Ichabods played the Kansas Jayhawks in an exhibition game.

It was during that game - a 101-66 Kansas victory - that Woodland said he realized he wasn't going to make it as a hooper.

"That decision got forced on me,” Woodland told reporters after his U.S. Open victory. "I had to guard Kirk Hinrich, and I realized, I’m going to have to do something else."

No one can blame Woodland for feeling that way. That Jayhawks team went on to win 30 games and, behind Hinrich and Nick Collison, advanced to the national championship game where they lost to freshman star Carmelo Anthony and Syracuse.

Hinrich went on to become the 7th overall pick in the historic 2003 NBA Draft and played 13 NBA seasons with the Bulls, Hawks and Wizards.

Woodland, ironically, transferred to the University of Kansas as a sophomore and joined the golf team. The rest is history for the major championship winner.