Rip Clears Waivers, Heads To Chicago

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Looks like Richard Hamilton will be getting his wish. The Detroit Pistons released the shooting guard and he officially cleared waivers today. So with no other team claiming in he’ll get to join his team of choice, the Chicago Bulls. In Chicago he’ll be getting the chance to start again and a modest salary.

@KCJHoop: Rip has cleared waivers. Sounds like he’ll be at #Bulls practice on Thursday after 2/$10M deal is finalized.

I’m thinking Rip is going to have a nice rebound year in 2012. Last season he averaged only 14.1 points per game, the second worst average of his career. With him starting and in the Chicago offense he’ll be closer to his career average of 17.7. The reason being they need a guy who can hit shots from the outside to open up room for Derrick Rose.

What he’ll enjoy even more is that members of the Bulls want him on the team, especially his friend Carlos Boozer.

“He always has been a great competitor and winner,” Boozer said. “If he did come, that would be a great addition. I’ve admired his game for a long time.” (Chicago Tribune)

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