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Hamilton on trade block as soon as lockout ends

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08:09 AM ET 08.29 | My, how fortunes have changed for Rip Hamilton. [Hamilton] has gone from being a hero in the eyes of Pistons fans who remember the 2004 NBA title to the symbol of all that is wrong with the once-proud franchise. ... He's owed roughly $21 million over the next two seasons, as the second year is only partially guaranteed. And remember president of basketball operations Joe Dumars has almost traded Hamilton several times when the financial burden was greater. So Hamilton, 33, will be on the trading block as soon as regular business begins in the NBA, and the Pistons need to eventually turn the page to the next era. Hamilton might be more valuable as potential trade bait whenever the next trade deadline comes.

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August 29, 2011  09:08 AM ET

Oooooh, another T&R gem, just like in the baseball threads! The shorter, the better, baby!

August 29, 2011  09:18 AM ET

Do you have anything left in the tank, Bro?

August 29, 2011  09:26 AM ET
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Do you have anything left in the tank, Bro?

He's played about 160 games in the past three years. To me, that equals 'old and broken'.

KW

August 29, 2011  09:28 AM ET
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He's played about 160 games in the past three years. To me, that equals 'old and broken'.KW

Not to mention his face, which has been broken several times as well. Guy had a good career, but now he's in the twilight phase.

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August 29, 2011  09:53 AM ET

Retire bro

August 29, 2011  10:12 AM ET

This isn't news. Also, last few potential RIP trades were giveaways. With two years left, Dumars may not "give" him away. I think Gordon is just as likely to be moved.

August 29, 2011  10:34 AM ET

Gordon or Hamilton... lol... that's some slim pickins at the guard position. One is an old vet way past his prime and the other is undersized, takes questionable shots and doesn't defend better than Jamal Crawford...

August 29, 2011  10:41 AM ET
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10 1/2 mil a year, I wouldn't be surprised if he's around the motor city a bit longer than he thinks. I mean he is 33 and not Ray Allen condition wise, but this is the NBA we're talking so you will have a taker.

I don't think there will be a taker. Don't know that his number (pretty big) when matched with his production (not so much) is going to fit into the next CBA, which is most likely to have a smaller and a harder cap.

August 29, 2011  11:02 AM ET
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Gordon or Hamilton... lol... that's some slim pickins at the guard position. One is an old vet way past his prime and the other is undersized, takes questionable shots and doesn't defend better than Jamal Crawford...

Don't kid yourself...The Knicks have more long-term questions at guard than the Pistons. Now THAT speaks volumes about NYs backcourt. lol

August 29, 2011  11:20 AM ET
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.....I mean he is 33 and not Ray Allen conditition wise......

I'd beg to differ.

Rip's in excellent condition (always has been), and it shows when he's on the court......but his body is breaking down so he doesn't get on the court much, anymore......

August 29, 2011  11:22 AM ET

Rip is 33 now, and only a shadow of the player most of us remember. Smart money says that $21 million left on his contract will keep him in Detroit a little longer.

August 29, 2011  11:26 AM ET
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........Smart money says that $21 million left on his contract will keep him in Detroit a little longer.

Agreed!

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August 29, 2011  12:03 PM ET
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Sometimes it's not better late then never.Wonder what Detroit thinks they can get in return for him.

In one year, he will be an expiring contract and tradeable.
In the meantime, cap space an help at forward (even if its a project) is all they will ask. The biggest benefit to trading Rip is to create more PT for Detroit's other guards.

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August 29, 2011  01:14 PM ET

This whole Piston saga is sad. Some delusional Piston brass still think Joe Dumars is a genius when the truth is that he is probably the most incompetent GM in the NBA. Way back when, he takes a flyer on Rasheed Wallace and it works out. Larry Brown gets these under achieving kids to play D and they win an NBA championship. From then on it is all downhill with Dumars pushing the sledd. He hires Rambo's favorite Colonel look alike (Flip Saunders) as HC to replace Brown. So now they want offense (Saunder's teams don't play D) and they become mediocre at both. From then on it is one bonehead player move after another, not to mention hiring a rookie HC when the good ship lollypop (Detroit) is taking on water. In the process they completely destroy the confidence of one Rip Hamilton and put him on the bench. They say they want to turn the page, well they can keep turning as long as they have Dumars at the top. He fits that job about as well as Tom Cruise fits playing Jack Reacher (the mis-cast of the century) and on it will go.

 
August 29, 2011  01:15 PM ET

A correction...

This whole Piston saga is sad. Some delusional Piston brass still think Joe Dumars is a genius when the truth is that he is probably the most incompetent GM in the NBA. Way back when, he takes a flyer on Rasheed Wallace and it works out. Larry Brown gets these over achieving kids to play D and they win an NBA championship. From then on it is all downhill with Dumars pushing the sledd. He hires Rambo's favorite Colonel look alike (Flip Saunders) as HC to replace Brown. So now they want offense (Saunder's teams don't play D) and they become mediocre at both. From then on it is one bonehead player move after another, not to mention hiring a rookie HC when the good ship lollypop (Detroit) is taking on water. In the process they completely destroy the confidence of one Rip Hamilton and put him on the bench. They say they want to turn the page, well they can keep turning as long as they have Dumars at the top. He fits that job about as well as Tom Cruise fits playing Jack Reacher (the mis-cast of the century) and on it will go.

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