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Thibs talks about Rip Hamilton

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Rip Hamilton could sign with the Bulls as soon as today.

Now that the Pistons have officially bought out the veteran guard's contract he just has to clear waivers, which he's expected to do. Then he's free to sign a two-year contract with the Bulls for the midlevel exception of $5 million per year.

Until he becomes a member of the team, coach Tom Thibodeau won't comment, although he did answer a question about Hamilton the player.

"He has been a talented player in the league for a long time," he said. "He's been around. He's got great experience. I know when we played against him he was hard to guard."

Forward Carlos Boozer is a friend of Hamilton's and said he would fit in well with the players already on the team.

"Good friend of mine," Boozer said. "Always been a great competitor, player his whole career. If he did come it would be a great addition."

Boozer also calls Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard a close friend. Howard has asked to be traded. He said he would only sign a long-term contract with the Magic, Nets, Mavericks or Lakers.

"I just wish him the best of luck," Boozer said of Howard. "I don't know what's going to happen. It's not my concern. My concern is about the Bulls. On a personal level I feel for him a bit [and] I hope he gets what he's looking for."

Boozer said he has not spoken with Howard lately.

"No I'm not," Boozer said when asked if he was offended that Howard didn't have the Bulls on his list. "Not offended at all."

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