Heat Sign 7-Footer Justin Hamilton

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat can never have too many big men on the roster and they picked up a seven-foot shooter Friday when they signed Justin Hamilton for the rest of the season.

Hamilton has been playing for the Heat’s NBA Developmental League franchise, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Hamilton is no stranger to the Heat as he was picked in the second round of the draft by Miami just a couple of seasons ago.

The seven-footer has played in 37 games for the Skyforce this year and is averaging 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He’s also playing 36 minutes per game, shooting 49 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from behind the three-point line.

Hamilton was selected a D-League all-star and scored 20 points in 20 minutes of action in the All-Star game.

If Hamilton can make it into the rotation, he could give the Heat a dangerous scorer to help extend the defense. Pairing him with Chris Bosh would give the Heat two players who can hit the three-point shot who are both over 6’11” tall.

To make room for Hamilton on the roster, the Heat waived guard DeAndre Liggins.


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