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According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Houston Rockets are interested in Richard “Rip” Hamilton of the Chicago Bulls.
“Hamilton can be had by any team that has the cap room or trade exceptions to absorb his contract, and the Bulls have gotten plenty of inquiries, most notably from the Houston Rockets.”
After the recent trade that acquired Francisco Garcia from the Sacramento Kings The Rockets interest may have faltered a bit, but Garcia could potentially be a piece they could flip for Rip or in another trade.
Rip would be a big boost off the Rockets bench as Carlos Delfino looks to be the only legitimate scoring option as of now. At 35 years old Hamilton is nowhere near the player he used to be, but he can still contribute big time to a playoff contender with his play and experience winning a championship.
So far this season Rip is averaging 10 points on 43% shooting from the field. He has been injury the last couple of seasons but looks good to go this year. He could take pressure off of guys like James Harden with his scoring and would get easy open shots when he’s on the floor with Harden.
Hamilton is owed $5 million this year and next, but he is guaranteed just $1 million next season. If this deal doesn’t work out Houston could cut him and not suffer much.
It’s unclear what exactly the Rockets would give up. It looks like the Bulls are wanting to get under the cap so they will most likely look for cash considerations and maybe a second-round pick.