No Retirement Plans For Richard Hamilton
Earlier this month the Chicago Bulls elected to waive veteran forward Richard Hamilton instead of guaranteeing his $5 million salary for the 2013-14 campaign. Shortly after his release from the team there was some talk of Hamilton possibly hanging up the laces for good.
However, sources close to Hamilton firmly insist the 14-year veteran has no immediate plans to retire and is fully intent on returning to the league next season.
Hamilton, a three-time All-Star, is coming off a season where he averaged 9.8 points per contest, his lowest scoring output since his rookie season in 2000.
According to the source, Hamilton is eager to prove his dip in production the past two seasons was due to his inability to stay healthy and the Bulls’ system stylistically being a difficult fit for his game.
The veteran believes he has more left in the tank and could still play a contributing role in the right situation.
Hamilton’s preference is to remain in the Eastern Conference and sign with a team headed toward to the postseason.
Throughout his career, Hamilton has played for Washington, Detroit and Chicago averaging 17 points, three rebounds and three assists in 921 regular season contests. He won a title in 2004 as a member of the Pistons.