Did Richard Hamilton get traded, is he faking or his stomach really upset?

Here’s what we know: Richard Hamilton isn’t playing against the Hornets today. Other than that, I can only speculate.

Before the game, Chris Iott reported Hamilton has an upset stomach. I didn’t think much of it until I read the following Twitter exchange between Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News and Natalie Sitto of Need4Sheed:


@Need4Sheed_com Stuckey’s injury is legit…I saw his foot today…now the other one….


@vgoodwill so Rips isnit..


@Need4Sheed_com I’m not going there….

I don’t know whether Goodwill meant to imply there’s more this situation than meets the eye, but I certainly inferred it.

Is Hamilton faking because he’s not starting? The Pistons have seen that game before.

Has Hamilton been traded, or is he close to being traded? It makes sense to not jeopardize a deal by risking an injury to Hamilton.

Is Hamilton really sick? The simplest explanations are usually best, and that’s the simplest explanation here.

Where is Hamilton right now?

For the record, whether Hamilton is on the bench – and he wasn’t in the first quarter, according to Iott – doesn’t impact my thoughts on this. Any of the aforementioned three scenarios are possible no matter where Hamilton is.

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