After sitting out 19 games because of a back injury, veteran guard Richard Hamilton will return to action Tuesday night as his Chicago Bulls host the Toronto Raptors, according to the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson. The 14-year veteran last played on Feb. 26 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Hamilton, who has played in 45 of the Bulls' 76 games this season, is averaging 10.2 points per game on 43 percent shooting. Though those numbers seem meager, it could indeed be a boost for Chicago, which continues to roll out a injury-hampered rotation.
A morning shootaround included Hamilton on a long list of no-gos for the game against the Raptors. He joined starters Joakim Noah (plantar fascia), Luol Deng (sore hip) and Taj Gibson (sprained knee) as being out. Additionally, point guard Derrick Rose continues his mysterious rehab from last season's ACL tear.
The Bulls will also have shooting guard Marco Belinelli available on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. He returned from an abdomen injury Sunday against Detroit but in 20 minutes went scoreless.