Richard Hamilton, the former three-time All-Star, is considering coming out of retirement next season and has sent out feelers to NBA teams interested in signing him.
Hamilton, an integral part of the great Detroit Pistons team which made six consecutive Eastern Cofnerence Finals appearances between 2002 and 2008, told CBS Sports that his agent is beginning the process of informing teams of a possible comeback.
Richard Hamilton living in the weight room…
“I’m giving myself 30 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 30 days, I will be making a comeback,” said Hamilton, one of the few players in history to win both the NCAA and NBA championships.
Hamilton and the Pistons won the 2004 NBA title before losing the 2005 finals to the San Antonio Spurs. After the golden era, Hamilton joined the Chicago Bulls in 2011 before retiring from the sport in 2013. “If I get the opportunity where I can come in and earn my minutes. I think that I will be able to make an impact on someone’s NBA team,” said Hamilton.
Incidentally, Hamilton isn’t the only retired player contemplating a comeback. In recent weeks, Ray Allen and Stephen Jackson have also expressed their desire to return to the league. Several experts believe that the large sums of money distributed in free agency has forced retired players to explore opportunities.
Richard Hamilton averaged 17.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds during the course of 14 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted No. 7 overall by the Washington Wizards in 1999 before being traded to the Pistons in 2002. Hamilton made three all-star teams between 2006 and 2008.