Chauncey Billups had a ringside seat for Rip Hamilton’s workouts this summer.

Both labored under the supervision of Las Vegas-based trainer Joe Abunassar and Billups says that after two injury-marred seasons with the Bulls Hamilton is ready to help a team.

Billups is surprised that no one signed Hamilton who was waived by the Bulls in the off-season.

“I’m not sure what he’s going to do yet but I am surprised” Billups said this week. “I’m hoping that sometime soon somebody will pick him up. I worked out with him a lot this summer. He’s in great shape and looking like the Rip of old. He’s got his self healthy again so I’m hoping. I know that he can really really help somebody.”

Hamilton 35 once was one of the top shooting guards in the NBA with the Pistons but after declining as a player and becoming a disruptive presence the Pistons bought him out at the conclusion of the 2011 NBA lockout.