Rip Hamilton eyes return to NBA

By The Sports Xchange  |  July 13, 2016 at 12:46 AM
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Former NBA All-Star Richard "Rip" Hamilton is considered a return next season.

Like some former players, Hamilton is tempted to the lucrative contracts tht players are signing as a result of the increase in the league's salary cap.

The 38-year-old Hamilton, who last played in the NBA in 2013, is checking with teams that might be interested in giving him a shot and plans to start working out intensely.

"I'm giving myself thirty days where I am really hitting the gym." Hamilton told CBSSports.com. "I'm working on my game. I'm in the weight room. I'm running my two, three miles a day. And I'm trying to see if my body can hold up. If my body can hold up after these 30 days, I will be making a comeback."

Other retired players rumored to be considering a return are Ray All and Stephen Jackson.

Hamilton was one of the top shooting guards in the NBA during his prime and helped the Detroit Pistons win an NBA title in 2004.

During his final season, he averaged 9.8 points for the Chicago Bulls. The 6-foot-7 Hamilton has career averages of 17.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 921 regular-season games.

"If I get the opportunity where I can come in and earn my minutes," Hamilton said. "I think that I will be able to make an impact on someone's NBA team."

Hamilton said he's also motivated by his children and his interest in winning another title.

"I'm actually doing it for [my kids] and for myself, too, to get an opportunity to make one more run at it," Hamilton said. "And if there's an opportunity, where I could go out and win another championship, I'm all for it."

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