The Toronto Raptors have officially signed small forward/shooting guard Jordan Hamilton. The news was confirmed a short while ago by Sportsnet reporter Holly MacKenzie.
release makes it official: Raptors sign @J_Goin_HAM.
— Holly MacKenzie (@stackmack) August 18, 2014
The free agent was originally drafted 29th overall in 2011 by the Dallas Mavericks. However, his draft rights were traded to the Denver Nuggets later on that same day.
Hamilton went on to play three years in Denver. His best campaign for the Nuggets was last season, when he recorded 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 39 games, starting 21 of them.
This led to the Los Angeles, California native being traded to the Houston Rockets, in exchange for Aaron Brooks. Hamilton went on to play 21 games, averaging 6.6 points and 2.9 rebounds for the Rockets.
The 23-year old has signed a one-year contract with the Raptors, although it is only partially guaranteed. This is important to note, especially given that Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun believes the chances of Hamilton making the team are long.
However, Hamilton drew a fair amount of interest in recent weeks, with the Minnesota Timberwolves among those interested. Here’s a taste of what the Raptors hope they’ll be getting.