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Rip Hamilton could be nice fit with Bulls

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The Detroit Pistons have waived guard Rip Hamilton, according to several Internet reports, raising the possibility that he could end up in Chicago.

The veteran was a hero of the Pistons 2004 NBA title run but has most recently become a symbol of a franchise in decline. A career 17.7 scorer, he averaged 14.1 points last season, which was his lowest total since his rookie year with the Wizards. The scoring slump was mostly the result of reduced minutes, however, as Hamilton scored at virtually the same rate as he has during his career.

At 6-foot-7, he would give the Bulls some length in the backcourt. While he may be an average defender at this point of his career, Hamilton does have experience defending Dwayne Wade in both the regular season and the playoffs.

The bigger concern for a Bulls team may be that he openly feuded with the Pistons last two coaches. While that may have been largely the result of his frustration with the losing culture that has permeated the franchise in recent years, the Bulls are a close-knit group that benefitted from chemstry last season.

A productive role with a team with championship aspirations may be what Hamilton needs. This could be a nice fit for both Hamilton and the Bulls.

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