Hamilton nearly had the freedom he covets but didn’t want to surrender part of the last season of his contract to do so.
Hamilton has bickered with Pistons coach John Kuester most of the season and has played in just one game since Jan. 10. The Pistons were close to trading him to the Cavs – along with a first-round pick – but Hamilton didn’t want to play in Cleveland. The Cavs would have still taken him if he would have given up about $9 million of the $25 million he’s owed over the next two seasons.
Hamilton balked. Now, he’s staying in Detroit with no clear role for the future.