NBA Rumors: Rip Hamilton returning to the league; Detroit Pistons homecoming?

NBA Rumors: Rip Hamilton returning to the league; Detroit Pistons homecoming?

Rip Hamilton joins the group of former NBA players who wants another crack at playing in the league. NBA rumors earlier this season have Stephen Jackson and Ray Allen wanting NBA comebacks like Hamilton, who declared he’s working out this summer.

Hamilton, who won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004, talked to CBS Sports about a possible comeback to the league.

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“I’m giving myself thirty days where I am really hitting the gym. 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 thirty days, I will be making a comeback,” the 38-year-old Hamilton said spurring NBA rumors of a comeback.

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Hamilton was one of the key players in the Pistons champion team 12 years ago. He made the NBA All-Star squad three times, from 2006 to 2008. His best scoring season came in 2005-2006 when he averaged over 20 points per game. For his career, he has averages of 17.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists.

Hamilton played for the Washington Wizards in his first three years in the league before becoming one of the key starters for the Detroit Pistons from 2003 to 2011. He played for the Chicago Bulls in his final two seasons in the league, in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

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The NBA rumors of a Hamilton comeback broke Monday and teams like the Detroit Pistons may be interested in the veteran. Other squads like the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers and Memphis Grizzlies are also possible destinations and can give Hamilton a back-up shooting guard role.

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