The Toronto Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri has reached back to his Denver Nuggets connections for the second summer in a row and will sign free agent forward Jordan Hamilton to a one-year deal according to various twitter sources.
Lifetime Longhorn Jordan Hamilton will sign a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors. #HookEm
— The Longhorn Report (@TexSR_UTsports) August 14, 2014
Last season Ujiri took on former Nuggets guard Julyan Stone as a project and this summer it appears to be Hamilton’s opportunity.
Hamilton was a three-point threat with Texas for two college seasons and was drafted 26th overall by Dallas in 2011. Ujiri picked him up in a convoluted three-team draft day trade and the young wing has confirmed he has NBA three-point range over parts of three seasons averaging 35.8 percent on 318 attempts. Hamilton was traded by the Nuggets to Houston for Aaron Brooks at the trade deadline last season and became a free agent this summer.
Hamilton measured out at 6’ 8.5” tall in shoes, 228 lbs, a 6’ 9.5” wingspan and a 32” maximum vertical jump at the 2011 NBA Draft Combine.
Between Denver and Houston, the 23-year-old Hamilton played in 60 NBA games last year averaging 17 minutes, 6.7 points and 3.2 rebounds.
The Raptors roster now stands at 16 players heading into training camp. It is assumed that Will Cherry and Hamilton will or have signed partially guaranteed contracts.