Rejoice, Chicago Bulls fans! Richard Hamilton has been waived, per Alex Kennedy:
The Chicago Bulls have officially waived Richard Hamilton, per press release.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 10, 2013
The Bulls have finally made the move plenty of fans everywhere have been clamoring for. Hamilton has done nothing but sit on the sidelines for his two years in Chicago and has played a combined 73 games in both seasons.
The injury-prone, tenured NBA guard was said to be the guy Chicago needed to make a title run in 2011. Boy, were they wrong on that one.
Hamilton averaged about 33 percent from beyond the arc in his two years with the Bulls which was not nearly what they expected out of him. He was constantly banged up, thus could never find himself in a rhythm like fans were hoping.
The emergence of Jimmy Butler and drafting of Tony Snell makes it easy for the Bulls to let go of Hamilton, as if it wasn’t already easy enough. Chicago will be happy to get rid of his contract and move on in another direction this summer.
As I have previously stated, the Bulls now need another shooter on the roster and could be in the market very soon to fill Hamilton’s spot. Already losing out on free agent Marco Belinelli, the market is slowly drying up of valuable scorers.
With Derrick Rose healthy going into 2013, it is imperative that Chicago gets themselves another shooter who can create, and by God, let it be someone who can stay in the rotation longer than Hamilton. I cannot stress enough how great of a move this was by the Bulls because of how poorly his body help up. It feels as though it was a long time coming for many fans, but alas, it has been made.