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As for Hamilton, he's out to prove he can play in the NBA. Last week, the Nuggets opted not to pick up the final year of his contract, which was to pay him in excess of $2 million, so he'll become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. Hamilton wants to ensure that he'll be on someone's NBA roster next season. That journey starts now. "It's getting my opportunity," Hamilton said, "and from now on just not look back after I get it." Hamilton has not played in either of the Nuggets' first two games. Like most of his teammates, he was up and down in the preseason as he tried to learn a new system. "It's a lot different, especially from last year," said Hamilton, 23. "Concepts and everything. It's a learning process. It's like I'm a rookie all over again. I've got to come in, I've got to fight for my spot and I've got to continue to work hard every day." Denver Post

Hamilton's work ethic is helping his cause. Shaw is rewarding him, giving him a start at the Nuggets' most injury-depleted position. Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Wilson Chandler (hamstring) are out, and Anthony Randolph's sprained ankle is limiting him. Randolph started the first two games at small forward. That leaves Hamilton and Quincy Miller as the last candidates to play small forward. Denver Post

October 31, 2013 Updates

The Nuggets did not opt-in on forward Jordan Hamilton, whose contract would have earned him over $2 million next season. It means Hamilton, drafted by the Dallas Mavericks with the 26th pick in 2011 and sent to the Nuggets the same night in a three-team deal involving Portland, will become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Denver Post

October 22, 2013 Updates

Hamilton's guaranteed $1.1 million salary this year is his security blanket. The Nuggets aren't likely to eat his contract in favor of James, whose contract is not guaranteed. Denver Post

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