Hamilton has agreed to join the Beijing Shougang Ducks, per his official Twitter account.
After joining the Raptors via trade in mid-July as a filler that allowed the team to unload DeMarre Carrol to the Nets, Hamilton was subsequently waived. Now, he has opted to take his talents to China, signing with the Beijing Shougang Ducks. He averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds across 18.4 minutes per game with the Nets last year.
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.
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