Could the Bulls be closer to landing a shooting guard? The pieces are starting to fall into place.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Pistons officially waived Richard Hamilton after buying out his contract, signaling the Bulls to get moving. They're expected to sign him to a two-year, 10 million deal.
He helped the Pistons win the 2004 NBA Championship and in 631 games he averaged 18.4 points per game.
"We thank Richard Hamilton for his time here with the Pistons organization," Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said. "Rip was a champion with us and a big part of our success over the last nine years. We wish him all the best in the future."
Would you be happy with his future being in Chicago?
The Bulls will enter the fall (winter?) of 2020 fairly inflexible from a roster standpoint. But it's never too soon to look ahead to a loaded free agent class in 2021.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George own opt-outs that offseason. Anthony Davis could maneuver his complex contract situation to free himself up, too. And the class is set to be headlined by soon-to-be two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bulls, for their part, are projected to have a wealth of cap room to toy with — coronavirus complications pending.
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Now, as it stands, the Bulls' rebuild probably isn't at a point to consider any of the above, or other top-line targets, realistic options. But even the shadow of a chance that a player like Giannis might make the trip down I-94 to Chicago is enough to get fans salivating and graphic-designers whirring. Especially on the heels of the summer of "The Last Dance."
This should inspire a bit of buzz, too:
That's right. Giannis' new-born son Liam was spotted in virtual attendance of the Bucks' Tuesday afternoon seeding game against the Nets. And he was clad in a Michael Jordan Bulls onesie.
So, we know where the family stands. Whether dad follows suit remains to be seen. The watch is on.
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The NBA has restarted its season officially as the 22 remaining teams play eight more regular season games and then the playoffs. Jason Goff is joined by K.C. Johnson and Rob Schaefer to discuss their thoughts about the opening round of regular season games. They also discuss: Have the Bucks been exposed? What's up with Zion Williamson not playing? And they debate who should win Coach of the Year.
(1:40) - The "Delete Eight" teams are missing valuable time not being in the Bubble
(10:00) - The impact playing in the Bubble has on the players and their play
(20:00) - Zion Williamson's minutes restrictions
(33:15) - How will the NBA operate next season
(37:25) - Concerns for the Bucks and Lakers
(43:15) - Who should have won coach of the year
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