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Pistons officially part ways with Hamilton

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons have officially decided to part ways with Richard Hamilton.

He was waived by the team Monday.

The 33-year-old Hamilton spent the last nine seasons with the Pistons, leading them to the 2004 NBA title.

Pistons President Joe Dumars released the following statement:

"We thank Richard  Hamilton for his time here with the Pistons organization.  Rip  was a champion with us and a big part of our success over the last 9 years.  We wish him all the best in the future."
Hamilton had a falling out last season with coach John Kuester and was benched for most of a seven-week stretch. The two appeared to be on better terms toward the end of the season, but Hamilton averaged only 14.1 points in 2010-11.