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Eastern Notes: Heat, Pistons, Pierce, Williams

We learned earlier today that the Heat are bringing Justin Hamilton to camp, which wasn't a huge surprise since the former LSU big man has been working out at AmericanAirlines Arena for the last few weeks.  Hamilton had his moments with the Heat during the 2012 offseason, after he was acquired in a draft-night trade with the 76ers, leading some on the Heat staff at the time to see him as a more promising prospect than Jarvis Varnado.  However, Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel writes that Hamilton still faces long camp odds with Greg Oden already something of a long-term developmental project and the Heat possibly keeping the minimum of 13 players to start the year.  Hamilton's chances of making the team could also rest on the Heat's ability to move Joel Anthony's pesky contract.  Here's more out of the Eastern Conference.. 

  • The Central Division is one of the most fascinating divisions in the NBA because of the expectations of competitiveness from each team, writes Zach Harper of  For the Pistons, their best-case scenario will be seeing Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith become bona fide NBA stars.  For the Bulls and Pacers, their ceilings see them as real championship contenders.
  • John Havlicek told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe (Sulia link) that he believes the departed Paul Pierce is the greatest one-on-one Celtics player of all-time.
  • Former Nets big man Jordan Williams signed with Spanish club Bilbao Basket last week but was waived over the weekend, according to HoopsHype (via Twitter).
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One thought on “Eastern Notes: Heat, Pistons, Pierce, Williams

  1. Z....

    If Joel made $2 million less per year, he would be pretty valuable. That or if he was an inch or 2 taller. He does everything well except catch the ball and finish, which is what makes Chris Andersen that much better than him (the height and ability to finish). Whatever happens, I’m a big fan of Joel Anthony

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