Now that veteran shooting guard Richard Hamilton has officially cleared waivers, it's only a mere formality that he signs an expected two-year, 10-million mid-level exception deal with the Bulls.
More than likely, Hamilton will be in attendance for Thursday morning's practice at the Berto Center, the team's last session before Friday's preseason opener in Indianapolis against the Pacers.
While the organization will probably look to add another post player with the departure of Kurt Thomas, the roster's most pressing positional need -- a clear-cut, starting-caliber scoring threat next to Derrick Rose in the backcourt -- has been addressed.
Since rumors of Hamilton's eventual acquisition have surfaced, his soon-to-be teammates -- from Rose and Joakim Noah inquiring if the transaction was complete, to Luol Deng and Carlos Boozer offering testimonials -- have expressed praise for the former All-Star and one-time champion, although head coach Tom Thibodeau has refused to comment on the situation until it's made official.
It remains to be determined exactly how Hamilton will fit in on his new team, but as Rose said recently, "Rip is a winner," and that fact, in addition to possessing a skill set of need in Chicago, should have Bulls fans excited.