Johnson: Without Hamilton, Bulls May Need To Make Trade

(WSCR) Early in Monday night’s game, Rip Hamilton again went down with an injury.

Hamilton, who was signed this offseason to be the final piece of the Bulls’ puzzle, has played in just 17 games this season. Now, a shoulder injury threatens more games for the 34-year-old, and the Bulls may be forced to make a trade before the March 15 deadline.

“That’s the big question,” K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune told The Mully and Hanley Show. “Obviously, I don’t have an answer, but we can all speculate. To me, the worst-case scenario would be a separated shoulder. That’s probably the fear that is out there because of the way he was holding it. Teammates said he was in a lot of pain afterward. He wasn’t even able to really lift his arm. It sounded like they immobilized his arm and they’ll have more tests today. If it’s a separated shoulder, that could be awhile.”

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The race to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference will almost certainly go through Miami. Without Hamilton, the Bulls may once again fall to the Heat, unless a deal can be made.

“He was added to be the piece and to challenge Miami,” Johnson said. “I certainly think you need to look at (a possible trade) more. I guarantee if Rip had not gotten hurt last night, not guarantee but 99 percent sure, that they were going to keep this roster as is. They like the chemistry. They thought Rip was coming back at the right time to give themselves something for the stretch run. Now, you seriously have to look at it. Without Rip, I know Ronnie Brewer has played well, but I don’t think that team beats Miami.”

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  • Markie Maypo

    Yeah, but who are you gonna trade for? And who are you going to give away to GET that guy? I would say that it’s would HAVE to be a “Rip-like” guy. A tall, 2-guard that can shoot and handle the ball a bit. Where is that guy?

  • tom sharp

    Why??? They have the best record without Hamilton!!! They need to shoot free throws better and keep boozer on the bench when they need a stop on defense. That’s it.

    • Scott

      @ Tom,they need to get rid of “LOOZER”my three year old,can play better defense.also Asik he’s a waste of time too.the Bulls will never beat the Heat,with this group.

  • William

    All I could do was shake my head when I saw this. Disappointing is the word Im looking for. No it’s not his fault but this guy can not get healthy. And Im so tierd of Boozer laziness really. The Bulls must go get a scorer. I love Asik but ship him, boozer and maybe Korver to Golden State for Monte Ellis and David Lee

    • Damico

      You’re drunk


    They should trade for Dwight Howard right away , if they can’t get him maybe Kobe Bryant, would be a good 2nd choice….

  • pulseczar

    This isn’t 2004; what were they expecting from even a healthy Hamilton in 2011-12? Even at full health, this squad will never be good enough to beat Miami in a 7 game series.

    Boozer has to be a huge regret. What a bum. Taj could be a serviceable starter for a fraction of what Boozer makes. And- has Noah peaked?

    They need another scoring option to take the load off of Rose. Would love to see a scorer in the backcourt. Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon, et al. Monta Ellis’ game might be too similar to Rose’s.


      Why not Kobe ?

      • pulseczar

        Well, I was going for realistic names.

      • CINDY LOU

        I heard he wanted to be traded to the Bulls, so I think they should get him , he would be a nice addition.

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