Pistons sign Richard Hamilton

Updated: August 12, 2003, 7:38 PM ET

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Richard Hamilton will be with the Detroit Pistons for a while.

The Pistons said Tuesday they re-signed the restricted free agent guard to a seven-year, $62 million contract that was agreed upon last month.

"I wanted to be here and they wanted me here," Hamilton, 25, said. "The big thing was feeling like a family here, feeling wanted. It feels like home."

Pistons president Joe Dumars, who traded Jerry Stackhouse to Washington last summer for Hamilton, said it was a good day for the team to be able to secure Hamilton to a long-term contract.

"Rip came here last year and he felt like he had a lot to prove," Dumars said. "We traded away a guy who had been established here for a while for Rip, and there were a lot of questions surrounding Rip when he came here. I think it is safe to say that he answered all of those questions that everyone had about him."

Hamilton led the Pistons by averaging 22.5 points during their postseason run to the Eastern Conference finals. He led Detroit with a 19.7 average during the regular season and averaged 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Hamilton has averaged 16.7 points in four NBA seasons.

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