Rip Hamilton Re-Ups With Detroit

by November 04, 2008

by Marcel Mutoni

Yesterday was a pretty busy day for Joe Dumars and the rest of the Pistons’ front office. Not only did they completely re-invent their team with an early-season blockbuster, but they also inked one of their veterans for a few more years.

Allen Iverson’s new back-court partner, Richard Hamilton, agreed to a three-year extension with the club. ESPN’s Chad Ford has the details: .

The new contract is worth $34 million, with the first two years guaranteed. The third year is only a partial guarantee.

“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 the question becomes, Can these guys make it work? Can A.I. and Rip quickly mesh their games, while still keeping the guys down low happy?

My guess is that they’ll figure it out, and the onus will be on Iverson. He’s not only in the final year of his current deal, but this is by far his best (and quite possibly, last) shot at winning that elusive ring.

Whatever happens, Detroit is now arguably the most intriguing squad in the entire Association.