Hamilton is expected to remain with the Pelicans for the rest of the season, John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Hamilton joined the Pelicans on Mar. 25 on a 10-day deal, and the Pelicans will keep him around for the final six games of the season as they careen toward the lottery. The former Texas standout has scored in double-figures in four of five games since signing on, and he's coming off of a 13-point, 11-rebound, three-assist performance in Sunday's win over the Nets.
Hamilton recorded a double-double with 13 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 FT, 0-3 3Pt) and a career-high 11 rebounds while adding a trio of steals in 34 minutes during Sunday's win over the Nets. The swingman stuck int he starting five for a Pels team that has been devastated by injuries, and he scored in double-digits for the fourth time in five games with his latest club. Hamilton appears to have won a prominent place in the lineup for the end of the season, and he has flashed the ability to contribute in multiple categories now that he is seeing regular run.
Hamilton had 14 points (6-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 31 minutes during the Pelicans' 100-92 loss to the Spurs on Wednesday. Hamilton slid into the starting lineup while Luke Babbitt came off the bench. The Pelicans have been decimated by injuries, which has allowed players like Hamilton the opportunity to step up and play plenty of minutes. Hamilton was one of three Pelicans to see 30 minutes or more on Wednesday, and he could be worth a look down the stretch in leagues that put a premium on counting stats.
Hamilton officially signed a 10-day deal with the Pelicans on Friday. The Pelicans received a hardship exception from the NBA, and they'll use the extra roster spot on Hamilton, a former first-round pick out of Texas. Hamilton most recently played in the D-League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, averaging 14.9 points on 49.7 percent shooting and 9.4 rebounds through 14 games. Given New Orleans' rather dire roster situation, Hamilton could immediately step into a fairly significant role, likely off the bench.
The Pelicans are expected to sign Hamilton to a 10-day contract, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. Hamilton has been with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers since mid-February, and with the Pelicans' current roster situation, they could use a healthy body in the rotation. He last appeared in an NBA game last season with the Clippers, averaging 8.7 minutes per game over 14 appearances. If Hamilton does sign with the Pelicans, he will add depth to a team that has turned to giving heavy minutes to Luke Babbitt and Alonzo Gee on the wing.
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