So who wants a shooting guard? Because there are two guys with pretty good credentials who could be had for a song. First up: Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton. Chicago has toyed with trading Hamilton for a while now, because the team does not want to pay the new, very prohibitive luxury tax, not when it appears Derrick Rose probably won’t be back in time to be effective this year. The first choice for the Bulls would have been to swap Carlos Boozer for Andrea Bargnani, but the Toronto Raptors appear set to hang onto Bargnani, let him rebuild some value, then trade him in the offseason. Having failed to find a suitable Boozer deal, the Bulls are now looking to send Richard Hamilton somewhere, anywhere. Hamilton is still effective—he is averaging 10.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting—but he is 35 years old and is being paid $5 million this year. He can be had by any team that has the cap room or trade exceptions to absorb his contract, and the Bulls have gotten plenty of inquiries, most notably from the Houston Rockets. Next up: Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats. Gordon is a much bigger problem, mostly because he is making $12.4 million, with an option for $13.2 million next year, and isn’t as efficient as Hamilton—Gordon averages 12.6 points and 42.8 percent shooting. The Brooklyn Nets were the hot rumor when it came to Gordon, but that, a source told SN, is entirely off, and Gordon will not be heading to Brooklyn. Several teams could use his services, like the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers, but it’s a stiff price to pay for a good-not-great bench guard.
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Sporting News | Feb 19