Jordan Hamilton Joins Rockets D-League Team

FEBRUARY 16TH, 4:28pm: Hamilton has signed, a source tells Adam Johnson of D-League Digest, though neither the league nor the team has made a formal announcement. (Twitter link).

FEBRUARY 11TH, 4:46pm: Former first-round pick Jordan Hamilton, who finished last season with the Clippers, intends to sign with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston’s D-League affiliate, Chris Reichert of Upside & Motor reports (Twitter link). The Vipers hold his D-League rights even though Hamilton has never suited up for them, so he won’t be required to pass through waivers. Hamilton had signed with the Russian club Krasny Oktyabr, aka Volgograd, back in August but parted ways with the team in November.

The 25-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft by the Mavericks, who dealt him that night to the Nuggets. Hamilton played his first two-plus seasons with Denver before a trade shipped him to the Rockets for Aaron Brooks midway through the 2013/14 season. He inked a multiyear deal with the Clippers last season after completing a pair of 10-day contracts with them. The swingman became expendable thanks to the offseason additions of Lance Stephenson, Paul Pierce, and Wesley Johnson, and L.A. waived Hamilton at the beginning of August in an effort to clear roster space.

The 6’7” shooting guard appeared in 14 games for the Clippers during the 2014/15 season, averaging 2.7 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 8.7 minutes per game. His career numbers through parts of four NBA campaigns are 5.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.7 assists to accompany a slash line of .405/.366/.671.

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