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Richard Hamilton: Bulls May Sign Hamilton

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FILE – In this March 16, 2011, file photo, Detroit Pistons’ Richard Hamilton reacts to the action in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Auburn Hills, Mich. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, that the team has decided to part ways with Hamilton, and that terms of a buyout are still being negotiated. Hamilton spent the last nine seasons with the Pistons, leading them to the 2004 NBA title but had a falling out last season with former coach John Kuester and was benched for most of a seven-week stretch. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
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FILE - In this March 16, 2011, file photo, Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton reacts to the action in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

It looks like it won’t take Richard Hamilton to long to find a home once his release from the Detroit Pistons becomes official.

According to multiple reports, the veteran guard may land with the Chicago Bulls to play alongside Derrick Rose.

Hamilton, 33, has spent the last nine seasons with the Detroit Pistons, with the highlight of his time coming in 2004 when they won the NBA championship. Hamilton has averaged 17.7 points per game for his career. Last year, his point total dropped four points from the prior season.

His highest scoring average came during the 2005-2006 season when he averaged 20.1 points per game.

Rose, the Bulls’ dynamic point guard, sounded excited about the possible addition of Hamilton to the backcourt. He would also be a better candidate over Keith Bogans. The Bulls held Bogans out of the team’s opening day training camp on Friday. Bogans has a $1.73 million option for this season.

“He’s got a championship,” Rose said, according to ESPN Chicago. “It’s great. He knows how to win. He came from winning programs. And if he comes along, I know that we’ll be happy to have him.”

The Bulls released a statement concerning Bogans, saying, “Keith Bogans is under contract with the Bulls and we have a December 19th option on that contract. At this time, we are exploring several options in finalizing our roster. We have always respected Keith’s professionalism and we hope to have more clarity on this situation soon.”

Whoever lands Hamilton will get a guy with plenty of playoff experience. He has played in more than 100 playoff games during his career, averaging 20.6 points per game.

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