Hamilton was waived by the Raptors on Friday.
Hamilton joined the Raptors earlier this month as filler in the trade that allowed them to unload DeMarre Carroll. With depth up front, however, Toronto has no use for the seven-footer, explaining its decision to waive him. In his lone season spent on just one team since entering the league, Hamilton averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game for the Nets last term.
The Nets are taking on Carroll's bloated salary over the next two years while also receiving a 2018 first-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick from the Raptors. Hamilton has shown brief flashes of productivity over his three-year career, but he's merely a pawn in this transaction. He has one year left on his current deal and will likely spend the upcoming season at the end of the bench with limited playing time.
Hamilton will start at center for Wednesday's game against the Bulls, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
The Nets are resting Brook Lopez on Wednesday, which allows Hamilton to enter the starting five at center. Trevor Booker (rest) and Quincy Acy (ankle) are both out as well, so there should be a ton of playing time available, which could allow Hamilton to push for a 30-plus minutes role. He'll be an intriguing, low-cost DFS play Wednesday.
Hamilton registered 20 points (7-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six rebounds and two assists across 23 minutes in Friday's 129-108 loss to the Wizards.
In his first back-to-back double-digit scoring games since January 15th, Hamilton showcased his range as a big man, connecting on all but one of his threes from the floor Friday night. He doesn't play half of the games and when he does play, his minutes are limited, so he should remain on waivers in most fantasy formats.
Hamilton failed to see the floor in Saturday's 130-116 loss to the Trail Blazers in a coach's decision.
Hamilton missed Friday's loss to the Jazz with the illness, but had been cleared to suit up for the second half of the back-to-back set. Though he was seemingly healthy enough to contribute, coach Kenny Atkinson opted to go with smaller lineups when starting center Brook Lopez was on the bench, leaving no room for Hamilton to crack the rotation. Hamilton has just one double-digit scoring performance in his last 16 games and remains waiver-wire bait in most formats.
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