Either the Toronto Raptors will be making cuts come October, or another move is coming. Earlier today, Shams Charania of RealGM reported that Toronto has inked free agent forward/guard Jordan Hamilton to a one-year contract. The catch? This signing pushes the number of guaranteed Raptor contracts to 16 players. Rules say that the maximum amount of players that a team can carry is 15.
Based on recent moves, it can be predicted that Hamilton and the other recent Raptors signee Will Cherry may battle for the final spot on the roster during training camp. At this point, it’s a bit too early to tell. Today’s signing could also indicate that another deal may be in the works to move some other pieces, but again, it’s only speculation at this point.
What we do know is that Jordan Hamilton is a decent shooting swingman who can be used to space the floor if need be. However, with a bit of a logjam developing at the wing positions, Hamilton – if he makes the roster, may be used more for insurance than consistent playing time.
In 60 games split between playing for the Denver Nuggets and Houston Rockets last season, Hamilton averaged 6.7 points per game, shooting 35.4% from beyond the arc.