It’s beginning to look like Hamilton’s days are numbered. He really doesn’t fit the direction of the team. He’s more effective in the half-court game, but there will be a push to increase the tempo next season to take advantage of the talents of the younger players. With three seasons left on the extension he signed last season, it will be tough to move him, but not impossible. An Eastern Conference executive told me recently he still has value and the Celtics have been kicking the tires for the past year. The Pistons may have to take a bad contract in return.
The Pistons “may have to take a bad contract in return?” Really? Hamilton has $37 million and change left on his contract, which runs through 2013. Hell, it would be the Celtics taking on the bad contract, not the other way around. If the Celtics are paying Richard Hamilton $12.7 mil in 2013, somebody please take a bazooka and aim it right at the back of my head.