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Rip inks three-year extension

Although Rips new beard makes him look amish, hell be getting paid like a Hugarian ... or some rich, bearded guy.

Although Rip's new beard makes him look Amish, he'll be getting paid like a Hungarian ... or some other rich bearded guy.

Mark down Richard Hamilton as a supporter of the Allen Iverson-Chauncey Billups trade.

Although the deal created a bit of a logjam in the backcourt, with either Chauncey Stuckey or Rip appearing as though one would see a significant decrease in minutes, the Pistons showed their dedication to the former UConn star by signing him to a three-year extension worth up to $34 million.

The first two years of the deal are guaranteed and the third is only a partial guarantee.

Per's report: "We definitely wanted Rip in the fold as we continue to make this run," coach Michael Curry said. "He's a valuable piece to this puzzle."

Now sporting a mountain-man beard worthy of the Facial Hair Hall of Fame, Rip continues to score at a manly man's pace in his ninth season -- he's averaging a team-high 19.5 ppg through three games. Is he really only 30? Looks older, and seems like he's been playing forever.