The Detroit News’ Pistons source on Richard Hamilton: ‘He quit on us’

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Excellent reporting by Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News today on Richard Hamilton’s status with the Detroit Pistons:

Hamilton’s non-participation in Saturday’s practice, along with his upset stomach that caused him to miss Sunday’s game and complaints about his diminished role have led some in the organization to wonder if Hamilton has quit on the Pistons.

"He quit on us," one team source said. Another team source said Hamilton is acting out of emotion and should adjust.

Hamilton’s been on the trading block for two years, and he would like a change of scenery.

And, on Sunday, just before a game against the New Orleans Hornets, Hamilton, who was replaced in the starting lineup over the weekend by Ben Gordon, told the team he had an upset stomach and could not play. After the game, a number of people associated with the team questioned his "upset stomach."

It looks like the Allen Iverson trade has harmed the Pistons again. Hamilton saw Iverson’s bag of tricks to show unhappiness, and now he’s reaching into it, too.

I remember Joe Dumars once saying he’d drive any player himself to the airport who doesn’t want to be in Detroit. Of course, there’s still time for Dumars to put out this fire and Hamilton to return to the team. But if that doesn’t happen, we’ll know whether Hamilton’s contract is tradable.

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