The Charlotte Bobcats inked another 7-foot big man (already having Cody Zeller and Brendan Haywood) Wednesday in wake of a 14th roster spot being present. The Cats signed former 45th overall pick (2012 NBA Draft), NBA D-League All-Star, and former LSU Tiger Justin Hamilton to a 10 -day contract after a roster spot was left vacant.
Hamilton was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2012 Draft, but was soon traded to the Miami Heat for the rights of Arnett Moultrie. After expressing interest in playing overseas, the 7-footer did not manage to ever get into a single game for the Heat in his rookie season. He was cut just before the regular season during training camp.
After spending just over a year playing international ball, Hamilton took his talents back to the United States and was signed by the Sioux-Falls Skyforce (Heat D-League affiliate) just this past Halloween.
The 260 pound center saw much success in the NBA Development League during the 2013-14 season, as he posted averages of 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds. Hamilton clearly provides a key rebounding presence, but also surprisingly carries a nice scoring spark from a man of his great size. He was named a D-League All-Star after his impressive first half of the season performance.
Charlotte may have went out and signed the big man after losing a little depth as power forward Jeff Adrien was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Ramon Sessions for Gary Neal package. The open roster spot for Hamilton was made free after seldom used guard Ben Gordon was waived Sunday.
As for Hamilton, his position in Steve Clifford‘s mind is still not known, but if the Cats actually work him out, then he should be something to watch, as he is a very talented and athletic big man that could definitely aid the Bobcats in short shifts.
Will the team actually end up keeping him for the remainder of the season? We will first have to see how he stands after his 1st 10-day contract is up.