Richard Hamilton was benched for the fourth straight game on Monday night as Detroit defeated Dallas.

Fans chanted "We want Rip!" several times during the game.

"It's not a thing that you want in a way because you want to be out there playing," Hamilton said. "You want them cheering for you out there playing, and things like that.

"It's just a thing they appreciate you, and I appreciate them so much for the last nine years that I've been here, and they've been incredible to me. They just want to see me out there, but it is what it is, so you just try to stay patient and try to keep a smile on your face."

The Pistons have been holding Hamilton out amid trade rumors. Detroit is part of the three-team deal with New Jersey and Denver that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Nets.