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Four Bulls that may not be back

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  • The Bulls will almost certainly eat $1 million to buy Richard Hamilton out of his contract. Hamilton played in 50 games this season and averaged 9.8 ppg.

      The Bulls will almost certainly eat $1 million to buy Richard Hamilton out of his contract. Hamilton played in 50 games this season and averaged 9.8 ppg.
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  • Richard Hamilton was injured much of the 2012-13 season but came on strong in Games 4 and 5 against the Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

      Richard Hamilton was injured much of the 2012-13 season but came on strong in Games 4 and 5 against the Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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No. 11 in a series

The Bulls probably won't overhaul the roster this summer, but there are some players who don't appear to be in the plans. So here's a quick rundown of the players who may not return:

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Richard Hamilton

When Hamilton took a contract buyout from Detroit before the lockout season began, there was competition for his services and the Bulls felt they needed to tack on a third year to his contract to seal the deal.

So his deal for next season is structured a lot like Kyle Korver's was last year. The Bulls can exercise an option for $5 million next season or decline the option and owe Hamilton roughly $1 million.

The Bulls avoided the buyout last year by trading Korver to Atlanta, but probably won't find a team willing to absorb Hamilton's full salary. The likely scenario is they'll eat that $1 million buyout.

Hamilton was supposed to be the final piece to a championship puzzle, but it never panned out thanks for Derrick Rose's torn ACL.

At the end of the day, the Bulls had no complaints about Hamilton. Coach Tom Thibodeau didn't think he was fully recovered from a back injury and left Hamilton on the bench during most of the playoffs.

By coming back strong in the last two games against Miami, Hamilton showed teams he may be capable of playing another season, but it won't be with the Bulls.

Daequan Cook

When Cook first landed in the NBA with Miami in 2007, he established a role as a 3-point specialist, firing an average of 5.3 attempts from long range during his second season.

Since then, his opportunities have dropped. After joining the Bulls in January, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard showed signs of being an all-around talent who can play defense and score off the drive.

Even though he's now 26 and six years into an NBA career, this question still stands out: Why did Cook leave Ohio State after one season?

If he'd spent more time developing his skills and being a No. 1 option in college, it's easy to see Cook having a longer and stronger pro career. As it stands, it's not clear if he'll stay in the league.

Vladimir Radmanovic

This much seems certain: If the Bulls had given this roster spot to Brian Scalabrine, he would have played more than Radmanovic.

So why did the Bulls go in that direction? They probably thought the 6-foot-10 forward could bring some 3-point shooting to help compensate for the loss of Kyle Korver.

During the preseason, Radmanovic, 32, warned reporters that he wasn't prepared for the intensity of Tom Thibodeau's defense and it showed.

He basically had two good moments all season -- 23 minutes in a win over Orlando in April, and going 3-for-3 from 3-point land in Game 2 at Miami to help the Bulls avoid losing by 40 points.

Malcolm Thomas

The former San Diego State star played well for the Bulls' summer league team last year, so maybe there's a chance they'll keep him around.

During the month he spent with the Bulls at the end of the regular season, he had one game of 6 points and 8 rebounds against Toronto on April 9. A couple inches taller and the 6-9 Thomas would probably be a defensive force. He didn't show much offensive confidence in limited opportunities.

Next man up: Derrick Rose

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