Richard Hamilton, Chicago Bulls' missing piece

I participated in today’s ESPN 5-on-5 roundtable, which talks about the Chicago Bulls’ prospects next season. I expressed my belief that if Rip Hamilton somehow becomes free, either via buyout or trade, Chicago would be well-served by acquiring him:

4. Fact or Fiction: Chicago can win a title with Bogans as the starting SG.

Patrick Hayes, PistonPowered: Fact, if they acquire a more capable backup, someone like Rip Hamilton if he’s ever freed by the Pistons via buyout or trade. Keith Bogans starts because he’s a tone-setting defensive player. That’s fine. Just bring in a more capable offensive player like Hamilton, who isn’t a slouch defensively, to play the bulk of the minutes. Then plan the championship parade.

In reality, I think it’s very likely Hamilton at least starts next season with the Pistons. He’s hard to trade and expensive to buyout. But I do firmly believe that he’d make an impact with the Bulls. Hamilton and Luol Deng, another wing noted for his without-the-ball movement, would be a nice, active tandem for Derrick Rose to pass to and make the Bulls tougher to match up with on the perimeter.

Chicago isn’t as talented as the Heat, but I believe in their defense. Taking a low-risk flyer on a player like Hamilton if he can be had might be enough to sneak them past Miami, as long as Rose continues to grow.

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