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NBA labor negotiations could determine whether Pistons and Cavaliers re-open Richard Hamilton trade

Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

It remains to be seen whether the Cavaliers will revisit their attempt to take on Rip Hamilton’s contract for a first-round pick around the draft, though multiple sources are skeptical such an arrangement would be palatable to the Pistons given the lockout concerns. Through a combination of games lost to a work stoppage and possible salary rollbacks, Detroit may wind up owing Hamilton far less than the $21.5 million Hamilton is guaranteed over the next two seasons. This is why, perhaps, Hamilton shouldn’t have been so averse to accepting a low-percentage buyout from the Cavs; his refusal ultimately killed the trade that would’ve sent him to Cleveland for a future first-rounder. For the record, the Bulls would’ve had interest in exploring a Hamilton signing after he was bought out by Cleveland, though the scenario never got to the point of conversations between Chicago, Cleveland, and Hamilton’s agent, Leon Rose.


  • Mar 30, 20111:40 pm
    by Geoff


    I wasnt a “Low Percentage Buyout” either. It was a favorable one. T. Foster of D. News also confirmed he was hearing the final offer was 18 million. Leaving only 6 million on the table for Hamilton to have to earn back over the next two seasons. (He would have earned more) Getting the 18 up front guaranteed is huge. He stands to lose A LOT of money if there is a lockout. And he would have played for a contender in Bulls. It was a very bad, confusing move my Hamilton.

  • Mar 30, 20114:23 pm
    by bg8


    with the way rip has been playing when given consistent starter minutes, you would think you’ll be able to get something more for him than losing a 1st round. so hopefully this trade don’t go down, it would be a total waste if you’re giving him minutes just to trade him and give up a 1st rounder. i rather just keep him than giving up a 1st to get rid of him

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