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Toronto Raptors waive Justin Hamilton

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After joining the Toronto Raptors on July 13 by way of trade, center Justin Hamilton has been waived, the team announced on Friday.

The Raptors acquired the 7-foot center and two draft picks from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for small forward DeMarre Carroll. Hamilton may have been guaranteed $3 million on his contract for the upcoming season, but Toronto’s biggest relief was dumping the $30.2 million Carroll was slated to be paid in the final two seasons of his most recent deal.

Seen as a potential stretch five, Hamilton didn’t live up to his billing. The 27-year-old shot a dismal 30.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arch in 2016-17. Of all qualified players, Hamilton ranked 164 out of 169 players in the 3-point shooting percentage department.

Hamilton averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest over 64 games with the Nets.

The Newport Beach, Calif., native started his college career at Iowa State and finished up as a member of the LSU Tigers. He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2012 draft but was traded to the Miami Heat in exchange for the rights to Arnett Moultrie.

Hamilton spent his first two years of ball overseas with KK Cibona and VEF Riga. His initial jump back into the NBA came in the form of a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Bobcats. He played sparingly with the Heat for two seasons before being traded to the Timberwolves for the 2014-15 season.

The Raptors finished the 2016-17 season 56-26 and second in the Eastern Conference behind the Cavaliers, who ousted Toronto in the postseason.

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