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Spears: Keep An Eye On Richard Hamilton Buyout


Former Boston Celtics beat writer Marc Spears, who currently writes for Yahoo! Sports, appeared on the Dale and Holley show on WEEI this morning to talk NBA trades. Spears is one of the most well connected reporters out there, especially when it comes to the C’s, so it caught my eye a bit when he mentioned the player to keep an eye on right now is Richard Hamilton of the Detroit Pistons. Here’s Spears talking about the C’s interest in Hamilton and whether or not he will be bought out:

“The one guy to keep an eye on is Rip Hamilton. The Celtics definitely want him but the question is whether he is going to be bought out. The situation, from what I’m hearing in Detroit, they have to find some kind of solution to that. I can’t see them keeping him. “The problem is, he’s got two years on his deal after this year. It’s beyond fixing. Rip and the coach (John Kuester) don’t see eye-to-eye. It’s just gone too far. I think the franchise knows they have to move on. There’s even been some talk about Rip being open to giving back some money just so he can get out of there.”

“For him to get out of that situation, go to Boston, come off the bench and kind of revive his career, that might help his longevity in the league long term. It’d certainly be a financial hit for him though.”

CH’s Analysis: Realistically, this is still a pipe dream scenario, but it’s definitely encouraging to hear Hamilton may be willing to give up some money to get out of Detroit. The problem is it’d have to be a lot of money. Joe Dumars signed the former Connecticut star to an ugly extension a couple years back, and he has two more years of his contract at 12.5 million years per year, (last year he’s only guaranteed 9 million).

So while both sides may be ready to move on, Hamilton is probably going to have to give up a lot to escape purgatory for the next couple seasons. Will the 33-year-old be willing to give up the sizable amount of cash for a chance at another ring, knowing it will cost him millions in both current and future salary? That’s a question we won’t know for sure until probably after the trade deadline ends.

However, if the C’s don’t end up making a move by this Thursday, it may be a sign that a Hamilton buyout is on the way. There would be heavy competition for Rip’s services from the Bulls amongst several other contenders to be sure, so a move to Boston can’t be seen as a sure thing. It is nice to know however it’s still a faint possibility.

  • kricky

    I like Rip, but I am not really sure he fills our needs. We need a big athletic 3 who can spread the floor and hit 3s. Rip is more of mid range guy, not too athletic, and too small to guard the big 3s of the league.

    But I'd also hate to see him go to the Bulls and fill that void they have at the 2 guard position.

    • Chris O

      I want Jamario Moon, as a 6'8 3, who can defend, and shoot 3's that is awesome.

  • omar

    celticshub.com is really pessimistic when it comes to rip lol even when there's been signs for the past few weeks so i guess we'll see ray & kev's connection might be enough to make him go boston

  • Batman


    I think if we add in a second rounder it could work. Casspi is a tough, young guy who can shoot.

  • Batman


    The thunder aren't going to resign him, they are going to scrap money to resign Westbrook. Not a great player, but we aren't really giving up the cream of the crop. I think we also need to throw in a first rounder to OKC.

    • clawlin

      That wouldnt make sense for OKC, if they are trying to sign an extension to Westbrook and therefore will not resign Green, why would they take on more salary with two lesser players in Nate and Harangody for more money?

      • Batman

        Argh your right. I'm desperate :(

    • Bbills

      This has to be the Dumbest trade I've ever seen. The Thunders are in contention in the west why would they trade a Starter for a Backup PG/SG and Bench player and a 1st rd pick? on top of that Westbrook is still under OKC control for 2 years they dont have to worry about resigning him yet. If your gonna post possible trades atleast take off your homer glasses and have it make sense for both teams involved.

  • Jay P

    People aren't talking about Rip because they think it's impossible he'll leave that much money on the table.

    But I wouldn't be shocked if it happens. Don't underestimate the value of winning and competing to a veteran. He knows he'll never make 12.5mil again, there's no doubt. But is 12.5mil worth playing out probably the only remaining productive years of your career in basketball purgatory, for a Coach you can't stand? Hard to make that argument.

    I have a hard time believing Detroit wouldn't agree to a 50/50 split of the remaining money (25mil, 12.5 the next two years), saving 12.5mil total, plus a 6mil savings in the cap hit over the next two seasons (buyout money is prorated against the cap for the remaining years of the contract.) Rip walks away pocketing a hefty payday this year over 20mil (this year salary + the buyout cash) and go and signs for a vet min somewhere. Yes, he's likely to lose about 5-10mil, as the contract he signs next year is unlikely to be anywhere near 12.5mil, but to me, I don't see how he can't see that as being completely worth it.

    And if it happens, the relationship Ray and Kevin have with him has to make the Celtics the front runner for his services.

  • Zee

    If the Knicks can get Carmelo, anything is possible. Haven't we learned? LOL!

    • Chris O

      Haha yes Zee, I learned that from Garnett after the Championship

  • Steve B

    I'm starting to wonder if getting someone like Rip might be a better fit than trying to fit in someone just to say you have a backup 3. It seems the traditional 1 thru 5 positions are becoming a thing of the past. How many teams have a legit center anymore. These cause matchup problems all the time, sometimes in your favor and some times not. We've seen the Celtics be effective with small lineups in the past. Force another team to matchup with Rondo, Allen, Pierce, KG and Rip for example. I feel Nate is the most tradeable since he is a nightmare matchup for Boston. He can't guard bigger players well, see Shaun Livingston, and his speed isn't enough of an advantage on the other end. With the Celtics team defense I think someone like Rip would be a great asset to have for the next couple of years.

    • kricky

      Good points. But I disagree. We need someone that can match up defensively with Lebron, Kobe, Carmelo and Johnson. PP does a nice job on those guys, but he needs a blow every once in a while so he can stay in the game offensively (see the last games vs Lakers and Heat).

      T. Allen played thsi role last year. Posey did it in 2008. I don't see Rip filling this need..

      • dslack

        Rip IS 6'7". He's not the quickest guy anymore, but he still has the size to be effective.

  • talesofJP

    I don't think its as important to get someone to defend LeBron type players b/c PP takes most of the minutes LeBron plays anyway, LBJ needs rest too. I think its more important to get a good bench player. If Rip got bought out our bench would be something like this: Nate, Rip, West, Baby, Shaq. Thats a really good bench.

    • Zee

      That bench brings tears just thinking about it! :)

  • Anthony

    I wonder if Ainge ever contacted the Wizards. They have a ton of players that can help and
    seem trade-able… Josh Howard (essentially a better Marquis), Al Thorton, Hilton Armstrong. Even Yi Jialian and Kirk Hinrich. Only issue is who can the Celts give up. Personally I like the roster with exception to J-O'Neal.

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