Report: Richard Hamilton on Celtics Radar As Trade Deadline Approaches


January 26, 2011

Danny Ainge and the Celtics are keeping a close watch on the market for available players as the trade deadline approaches.

Among those players is Pistons shooting guard Richard Hamilton, according to the Boston Globe.

Detroit?s guard is drawing interest from the guys in green, but the Pistons would have to work out a buyout of his remaining $30 million contract. Although the price to let the UConn alum go is steep, it appears his relationship with Pistons head coach John Kuester is beyond repair.

Hamilton, who has recently been benched, was rumored to be on the move in the rumored deal that would have sent Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets. However, that deal was shot down when Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov didn?t like the way talks were progressing. Hamilton is now in the unfamiliar role of riding the bench and he no longer seems to fit into the team's long-term plans.

With Delonte West?s return date still uncertain, the Celtics appear to be willing to make a move. Boston was linked to 3-point specialist Peja Stojakovic before he went to Dallas, a team that desperately needed a guard after Caron Butler went down for the remainder of the season.

Hamilton could create a formidable second unit for the Celtics, who could have Shaquille O'Neal, Jermaine O'Neal, Nate Robinson, Marquis Daniels, Glen Davis and Hamilton off the bench.

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