Reports on Sunday indicated that Richard Hamilton's status for the Bulls' next preseason game would be determined on Monday, but Tom Thibodeau is going to wait until after Tuesday's shootaround to make a decision. Thibodeau just wants to be absolutely sure Hamilton is ready:
Thibodeau on Rip's status for Tuesday: "I just want to make sure he’s ready to go. He’s moving along well and he’s in pretty good shape."
Tuesday is Hamilton's final opportunity to get some game time with his new teammates and get acclimated before the regular season gets underway this weekend. Forward Carlos Boozer was a little more direct than his coach: he fully expects Hamilton to play.
Tuesday's exhibition game against the Pacers tips off at 7:00 p.m. CT.