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 ESPN.com'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.