The Chicago Bulls have went 4-2 since the return of Richard Hamilton, but trade rumors have swirled around the league about the Bulls seeking a trade for the veteran guard.
Bulls general manager Gar Formam has made it public that Hamilton is not on the trading black, refuting various trade rumors including one scenario including the Phoenix Suns.
“No, no, Rip is a big part of what we’re doing,” Forman told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I think Rip’s been really good.”
Bulls head coach Coach Tom Thibodeau will not engage himself in management decisions, but Thibodeau does believe that Hamilton’s presence and leadership would be vital for Chicago as the team continues to fight for playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
“Management’s job is they always have to look at all options,’’ Thibodeau said. “Hey, look, if something came along that would significantly change our team, they would consider it.
“They have to look at everything; that’s what their job is. But we’ve been very pleased with the job [Hamilton] has done. We’re thinking about him being here, and that’s why we’re handling him like this. We want to do what’s best for the team and what gives us our best chance of winning.’’
Chicago has a $5 million team option for Hamilton that is not expected to be picked up next season. Hamilton is expected to be suiting up for the Bulls for the rest of the season for now.
Forman has made it clear that he will not be making any calls regarding Hamilton, but that doesn’t mean he will not listen to another team. He will do what is best for the Bulls even if that means parting ways with Richard Hamilton.
Chicago is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.
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