Richard Hamilton should return by the end of the week.

Richard Hamilton to Return Friday

MEMPHIS — Richard Hamilton was the big offseason acquisition for the Bulls this offseason but they have yet to see him produce the way they want him to. This is reportedly going to change come Friday.

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Richard Hamilton will return to the Bulls lineup at the end of the week after missing almost two.

Hamilton has missed the majority of the Bulls season up to now with a groin injury.

“He’s still day-to-day,” said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau this weekend. “We just want to be real smart with him. We don’t want it to re-occur.”

Chicago has been operating without the services of Hamilton or Bench Mob general C.J. Watson for the past couple of weeks now. Hamilton may have been able to play in that span but the decision to rest him is the proper thing to do. Hamilton is a battle hardened veteran who doesn’t serve much of a purpose on this team when they’re winning and he serves more a purpose in the playoffs.

The Bulls are 11-2 and Hamilton has been no part of that. I’s hard to judge a guy based on minimal performance. That’s the case with Hamilton but when you have the track record Rip has, there isn’t a whole lot of mystery about what he can do. Hamilton’s going to be ultimately judged, regardless of his regular season stats, by what he does in the playoffs where the Bulls needed him most last year.

The Bulls get the Cavilers on Friday but right now they’re preparing for their annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day game against the struggling Grizzlies.

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