Former Pistons star Richard Hamilton considering NBA comeback
Former Detroit Pistons star Richard “Rip” Hamilton is considering an NBA comeback, he told CBS Sports.
He said his agent has contacted several NBA teams to inquire about their interest in signing Hamilton, who retired after the 2012–13 season.
Hamilton said he is planning on training for a potential comeback over the next 30 days, which will help him gauge whether his body can withstand the rigors of the game at 38 years old.
“I’m giving myself 30 days where I am really hitting the gym,” Hamilton said. “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.”
Contracts given out during the first week of NBA free agency totaled more than $3 billion, tempting several former stars out of retirement. Ray Allen and Stephen Jackson have also said they are considering returning to the court.
Hamilton was a former first-round pick and played for the Wizards, Pistons and Bulls during his 14-year career. He was a three-time All Star for the Pistons and averaged 17.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game during his career.