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Ex-Pistons champion Richard Hamilton retires

The Detroit News
Richard Hamilton was the starting shooting guard on the Pistons' 2004 NBA championship team.

Guard Richard Hamilton, who played on the Pistons' 2004 NBA championship team, announced his retirement on Thursday.

"Rip" Hamilton, 37, made the announcement on ESPN's "His and Hers" show.

Hamilton, who scored 2,571 points in seven playoff seasons with the Pistons, has not played in the NBA since 2012-13, when he appeared in 50 games with the Bulls, averaging 21.8 minutes and 9.8 points.

Hamilton played 14 NBA seasons with Washington, Detroit and Chicago, averaging 17.1 points, 3.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds.

Hamilton, the No. 7 pick in the 1999 NBA draft out of UConn, was acquired by the Pistons in September 2002 for Jerry Stackhouse. He was an All-Star three times for the Pistons (2006-08) and averaged 17.6 points, 4.0 assists and 3.6 rebounds during Detroit's championship season.

He was waived by the Pistons on Dec. 12, 2011 and signed with the Bulls two days later. He was waived by Chicago on July 10, 2013 and has been a free agent since.