HoopsHype Jordan Hamilton rumors


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

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The Denver Nuggets have exercised the third-year options on F Kenneth Faried and G/F Jordan Hamilton for 2013-14, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri announced today. Faried, the 22nd overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds as a rookie in 2011-12 and earned a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Faried also was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for April. NBA.com

October 21, 2012 Updates

The Nuggets will be playing in Oklahoma City tonight, and while I do not know exactly where they are staying, I would hazard a guess — based upon this tweet from Jordan Hamilton — that it the Skirvin Hotel. This hotel creeps me out every time we come here — Jordan Hamilton (@J_Goin_HAM) October 21, 2012 The Skirvin is said to be a haunted hotel. Just ask Jared Jeffries or Eddy Curry, who had ghostly encounters there during their time with the Knicks. SheridanHoops

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Karl said Monday that three players on the Denver roster will be on the summer league team — Faried, Jordan Hamilton and Julyan Stone. "We're high on Jordan Hamilton and we think Julyan Stone can be a backup point guard in this league," Karl said. "Kenneth was our No. 1 most- valuable energized player. I don't think there's any question that I never expected him to be one of our top three players for most of the 25 to 30 final games of the season. He wasn't maybe the top minute player, but was an important part. He's going to add pieces and get better." Denver Post

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The 6-foot-9 Hamilton, drafted No. 26 overall in the first round and acquired by Denver in a trade, could possibly crack the rotation this season, whenever that might be. He can play shooting guard as well as small forward, and Wilson Chandler and J.R. Smith, both in China, won't be back this season. (Smith is an unrestricted free agent, while Chandler is restricted, so it is possible that in the late spring one or both could return, after the season in China ends.) Asked if the China signings gave him optimism that his hard work could pay off, Hamilton said: "Oh, absolutely. I feel that I'm in a great situation. The coaching staff had a talk with me right after the draft, and I also had a good talk with (team executive) Masai (Ujiri). They were excited to have me. So I'm just trying to get ready." Denver Post

October 25, 2011 Updates

The Bucks guard then went about contacting other L.A.-based NBA players, who set aside their scheduled events to help out. He first called Ariza, his best friend and former Lakers star. Ariza then contacted Barnes. Leuzinger Los Angeles High product Dorell Wright of the Golden State Warriors and unsigned rookies Trey Thompkins (Clippers) and Dominguez High product Jordan Hamilton (Denver) also helped. Orange County Register

September 7, 2011 Updates

How much are you following the labor talks? Jordan Hamilton: I’ve been talking to my agent on a regular basis. Let’s see what happens but right now I’m kind of entertaining overseas deals. Nothing’s for sure, but we’ve been looking into it a little bit, somewhere I can get cut on my contract, something like that. Once we see how the lockout is at in the next month of so, then we’ll make a move. HoopsHype

Do you have a deadline to decide if you play overseas? Jordan Hamilton: In September I’ll just continue working out and playing pick-up ball, and then in early October we’ll look into it, see how the negotiations are at and then make a decision. HoopsHype

September 3, 2011 Updates

K Bros: What is "the L.A. in your game," the part of your game that most reflects having learned the game here? Jordan Hamilton: I think the scoring. L.A. is known for shooters. So shooting the ball really well. Just being an all around player as well at my size. Being 6'8", I can do lot of different things. Not only just score the basketball, but push it in transition. I can rebound really well for my size. I post up smaller defenders. I can take bigger guys out on the wing, pull up jumpers on them. Just different things like that. I see Trevor Ariza being that type of wing. Dorell Wright. All those type of guys. I think we all have a similar game. ESPN.com

Jordan Hamilton: Growing up, I watched Trevor and Dorell. even when I was really younger, Paul Pierce from time to time. Those guys really set the tone for younger guys like me. What I also like is just the little things like The Drew League. I can maybe team up with a guy like Trevor or Dorell Wright. They can kind of coach me through litttle things. We all still talk. I'm [much younger than] Baron Davis and I talk to him every now and them. I was actually at his house on fourth of July. Just the age difference, the big gap right there, but we're both from Los Angeles, so we still show each other love. ESPN.com

August 29, 2011 Updates

Both categories were in question by his own doing, as his two seasons with the Longhorns were riddled with reports that he struggled with poor shot-selection and bad body language. He lost even more ground in that public relations game on draft night, when he reportedly accused Texas coach Rick Barnes of telling NBA teams that he wasn't coachable when asked about the plummeting of his stock. "When it came out on ESPN and things like that, that's not what I said," Hamilton said of his Barnes-related comments. "I said that word probably got out to other teams and other coaches that I probably wasn't coachable, and the writer put out that I said that Rick Barnes said I wasn't coachable and that he called NBA teams and something like that. It was something I wanted to clear up." So does he think Barnes did that deed? "No, not at all," he said. "He knows I wouldn't say anything like that because coach Barnes knows me as a person who wouldn't go and say something about the program." SI.com

So after Hamilton's 5-of-18 outing in a loss to Kansas State on Feb. 28, Barnes sat him down for another critique of one of his glaring weaknesses. "Sometimes I might not have thought about it when I was doing it, but on TV it looked so bad," said Hamilton, who averaged 18.6 points per game as a sophomore before Texas' season ended with a loss to No. 10 Kansas in the Big 12 Championship game. "I might make a hand gesture or put my hands in the air or make a face or something like that and people might look at it like it's me having a bad attitude. But for the most part, it's me getting on myself and I just want people to understand that too. I'm trying to change that [perception]. "It was an uncomfortable feeling [to watch]. It was just the two of us in a room. ...But at the end of the day, he wanted to teach me and he just wanted me to learn. I couldn't let it get to me, because that's something that has to change, especially coming into the NBA and being a rookie. There's going to be a short [leash] and I have to know that." SI.com

The Nuggets made it clear before the lockout that they envision him backing up Arron Afflalo as a shooting guard as opposed to playing small forward, so he's on his way toward a goal of dropping 15 pounds (from 230 as a sophomore to 215; he's currently 224) and is utilizing yoga to loosen the hips that were tight for most of last season. No one is paying him to work out, though, so Hamilton has become the latest player to consider finding a day job to help with the bills. "I have a neighbor who stays across the street from my parents house and he works at Big 5 [sporting goods store], so I was thinking about probably doing something like that and just going out and working every day," said Hamilton, who lives in a two-bedroom condo with Gary. "I haven't got paid and I'm not big on taking out loans, so I don't want to mess up my credit or have debt." SI.com

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