This is the second time Masai Ujiri has made a move to sign Jordan Hamilton

According to a report from RealGM’s Shams Charania (a fairly reputable reporter), the Toronto Raptors have reached a one-year agreement with forward Jordan Hamilton.

The 23-year-old small forward was drafted 26th overall in 2011 by the Dallas Mavericks, and was dealt on draft day to the Denver Nuggets in a three-way trade. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri oversaw the deal, and it appears he has now inked Hamilton for a second time.

Hamilton boasts career averages of 5.8 points. 2.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 13.3 minutes per game across parts of three seasons. On a per-36 minute basis, those translate nicely to 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and two assists, which is more than respectable. His career PER averages out to 13.9, which is approximately league average.

Based on my personal observations on Hamilton, he reminds me of a discount version of Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green. Like Green, Hamilton has great size for the position of small forward, standing at 6-foot-7 weighing 220 pounds. He also boasts a perimeter-oriented game, having attempted 46.2 percent of his career field-goal attempts from three-point range, of which he sunk at a respectable 35.8 percent clip.

This move, however, would bring the Raptors’ roster to 16 for next season. There are currently 14 guaranteed contracts on the roster, with only point guard Will Cherry’s deal as potentially unguaranteed. Given that this is the second time Ujiri has acquired Hamilton, it’s safe to guess he’s big on Hamilton’s potential. However, head coach Dwane Casey previously noted the team’s need for a third point guard, so it’s unclear as to which faction will win out. Ultimately, it’s a matter of the 15th man on the roster, meaning it’s largely inconsequential.

The possibility also exists for the team to use the stretch provision open another roster spot, but that seems unlikely. Landry Fields would be the most likely candidate if such a move is to be made. It’s also possible that a trade is the endgame here. The possibilities are endless in accommodating this bit-move.

Here’s a highlight reel of Hamilton’s rookie season. Hey, it’s the offseason so what else are you going to do with your lunch break?

UPDATE – 11:50 p.m. Ryan Wolstat confirms deal is unguaranteed, training camp battle likely ahead

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  • Milesbudokai

    Why do we need him? It feels like he fills a rather redundant role on the wing…..

    • DDayLewis

      It’s probably setting up another move down the line. Stay tuned!

  • Dev

    I litterally don’t understand?

  • Jordan Schrock

    A trade has to be happening. I’m guessing Fields for a 2nd round draft pick

    • Will

      I highly doubt someone will give us a second round pick for the right to overpay Fields.

      • Jordan Schrock

        what else could a team give that doesn’t include a player? maybe the raptors are also trading a draft pick. Only other option I see is if they’re trading Hayes instead

        • BOHM

          It might be Fields AND a 2nd rounder for another, worse 2nd rounder (top 55 protected maybe, lol)

          • Will

            I really don’t see Hamilton being that much of an upgrade over Fields that we would do that.

            • Godson82

              I feel he’s a pretty good upgrade over Fields. Fields doesn’t have a jumper to keep defenders honest which makes running the offence that much more difficult when he’s on the floor.

    • raptorholic

      We’re about to trade Ross. Maybe back up centre coming.

      • StrikerAI

        Ross? I wouldn’t. Dude is an ideal SG, he can defend and shoot the 3, unless he’s packaged for a star player, I wouldn’t even think about trading him.

  • GoingBig

    Training Camp competition?

  • Dunlops

    A bit confused. What does the D-league have to do with it?

    My understanding is that anyone we send to the D-leauge still takes up a NBA roster spot?

    • DDayLewis

      Ahh good point. I was thinking they put Daniels in the D-League but that doesn’t affect anything. They’ve already inked Bruno and Bebe. Fixed

  • steve

    7.5 rebounds I hope! :p

    • DDayLewis

      Fixed! Thank you.

  • IROR

    This move is all about accumulating assets. At 23, with a 3 point shot, he probably carries more value than Fields ($$ considered too). I’m looking for a two for one deal. One possibility I think makes all kinds of sense is fields and Hayes in exchange for Kendrick Perkins corpse and expiring deal. Hamilton fills in for Fields’ spot minutes and Perkins brings championship exp and toughness at he 5 spot.

    • Will

      And how is that an upgrade for OKC?

      • IROR

        They are known to want to shed Perks salary. Gives them depth and a roster spot. Raps could throw in a second round pick or cash.

        • Will

          Wouldn’t they be losing a roster spot if they’re trading Perkins for Fields and Hayes?

          • IROR

            My mistake. Regardless, they get depth and some sort of pick/$$.

  • raptor

    We’re about to trade Ross.

    • DDayLewis


    • vino

      for an unprotected 1st rounder, I hope!

      • vino

        from a team like Orlando

        • vino

          nothing fucking less

  • jjdynomite

    Maybe Bruno is homesick (or, more likely, needs more seasoning than end-of-bench) so Masai is shipping him back to Brazil for the year to get him off the 15-man roster, as he has done with Daniels. I was actually thinking of this today, and then The Score App pinged me a couple hours later telling me about the Hamilton signing.

    Let’s face it, now that JJ is inked, how much floor time is Bruno going to get, if at all?

    • Will

      Bruno is inked too.

      • jjdynomite

        Can Bruno be “de-inked” if he “chooses” to sign with a Brazilian team for the upcoming season? I’m not being difficult, I really don’t know. Is he a sunk cost roster spot for 2014-2015 even if he never plays a minute in an actual game? The Raptors aren’t a rebuilding team and Jordan Hamilton will likely have a stronger impact than Bruno for in-game situations.

  • Dr. Scooby

    Wow, career average of 5.8 pints in a little over 13 minutes of play…Very impressive; I only average 3.2 pints per game…unless I eat a lot of hot chicken wings.

    • DDayLewis

      Well done. Fixed.

      • Dr. Scooby

        …pints per game should be a stat.

  • rapierraptor

    The Nuggets have 4 centers on their roster. My guess is that Masai will be calling them very soon if he hasn’t already.

    • webfeatmm

      They’re probably gonna try to force Felton on us…. :+|


        Oops! He’s with the Mavs…nm

    • Dr. Scooby

      Hmmmmm nice one.

      Alright, I’ll bite: Speculation gone wild:
      Ross + Chuck H combined salaries = JaVale McGee 2014 salary

      Why would the Raps do it:
      Masai has a fetish for long athletic freaks and and signed him before. Addresses rim protection back up Center need. Gives up on Ross due to team wing glut, Dumps Chuck who has minimal use and an expiring contract.

      Why would the Nuggets do it:
      Get to dump an oddball Center with large 2 year contract (11 250 000 & 12 000 000). They can simmer with Mozgov at Center while they develop newly drafted 16th overall C Jusef Nurkic and project Center Nikola Jokic. They get human highlight Terrance Ross and his potential while maintaining greater cap flexibility in 2015 when Chuck comes off the books.

      • DDayLewis

        The Raptors are going to open up a big hole on the perimeter, trading away one of their most promising prospects in the process to fill the gap at back-up center? When have you ever known Masai to be that careless with managing assets?

        • Dr. Scooby

          Utter speculation as you may have guessed, and for the record: I don’t want McGee.
          If Hamilton’s signing is true that makes…what 8 wings?
          1) DD -SG/SF
          2) Ross -SF/SG
          3) Fields -SF
          4) Caboclo -SF
          5) Hamilton -SF
          6) Vasquez -PG/SG
          7) Williams – G
          8) JJ -SF

          Did I leave anyone out?

          Assuming Cherry & Hamilton stays, that makes 16, therefore a two player for one type trade brings the roster back to 15.

          I would love to hear other wildly speculative scenarios from folks as this is pretty fun.

          • rapierraptor

            I’m guessing it’d be something more along the lines of Mozgov or JJ Hickson. Maybe take on Hickson’s extra year in a swap for Hayes or Mozgov for Hayes and 2nd rounder

            • Dr. Scooby

              Very reasonable trade; but they do not address the mystery of adding a SF to a team full of SFs

              nor the problem of a 16th man.

            • DDayLewis

              Mozgov would be a nice get for the right price. I’m not high on Hickson at all. Is he even an upgrade over Hansbrough?

          • DDayLewis

            I think Vasquez and Williams are more “points” than “wings”, but yeah the team is well-stocked on the wing.

          • CJT

            In a perfect world you would not list DD and TR as SF’s at all. They are both too small to play that position effectively on a competitive team.

      • Matty Rosales

        i don’t know if you trade away a promising prospect on a rookie contract for a back-up centre with a bloated contract. I’d like to stir the pot though. Imagine Ross, Valanciunas and 2 first rounders as the basis of a trade for wiggins, bennet and pekovic?

        • Dr. Scooby

          hmmmm very very interesting

        • Will

          Wow, all that for a guy who hasn’t even played a game yet?

  • i know nothing

    i am just talking out my ass here… but i believe i saw a picture of greg monroe in africa with amir, casey, and masai, and with greg’s contract situation being an issue for detroit, maybe he signs the detroit qualifying and we give up fields and psycho t expiring contracts on a one year rental? i dont fuckin know….

  • Alex Vostrikov

    here is a guy who can take ross’s minutes, or even his starting position… like it or not.
    to me, ross will be going somewhere for something. I just don’t see enough basketball iq, even for a young player.

  • webfeatmm

    My best guess is that it’s a battle for the final spot between Cherry and Hamilton.

  • hotshot

    So the chances of Bruno seeing any floor time this season has officially reached zero?!

  • TDot Mix Productions

    Raptors to use stretch provision on Landry noshot fields….I guess Hamilton can defend and shoot and still young plus he’s masais guy so makes sense….esp since we don’t need fields for defense anymore since we have JJ. .

    • Guest

      L2Read. That post has no basis; just a list of possible options. Not quite the same as “Raptors to use stretch provision […]”.

  • BraLLer

    Love this. I am huge fan of Hamiltons potential. He’s a favorite in my NBA 2k14 gm mode as well. GO RAPTORS. Ps: eat poo Landry fields.