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Bobcats bring up 7-footer Justin Hamilton after waiving Ben Gordon

By Rick Bonnell
rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com
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The Charlotte Bobcats will fill their newly created roster opening by signing center Justin Hamilton, above, to a 10-day contract, two NBA sources confirmed Sunday.

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The Charlotte Bobcats will fill their newly created roster opening by signing center Justin Hamilton to a 10-day contract, two NBA sources confirmed Sunday.

The Bobcats’ interest in Hamilton was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

Hamilton is 7-foot and 260 pounds. He’s averaging 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds this season for the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League.

The Bobcats created a roster spot Sunday when they waived veteran shooting guard Ben Gordon. They have some need for another big man after Jeff Adrien was included in the trade to Milwaukee that acquired guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour.

The Bobcats still are waiting on reserve center Brendan Haywood to recover from a foot stress fracture. Haywood has yet to play a regular-season game this season.

Hamilton played college ball at Iowa State and Louisiana State. He was a 2012 second-round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers.

His draft rights were traded to the Miami Heat. Hamilton was in Miami’s 2013 training camp, but he was cut before the regular season.

The Bobcats waived Gordon hours after the deadline for Gordon to have played on another team’s playoff roster this postseason. The team and Gordon had discussed a possible buyout that would have saved the Bobcats some portion of Gordon’s $13.2 million salary and granted his his freedom.

Gordon hardly ever played in Charlotte for either coach Steve Clifford or his predecessor, Mike Dunlap. A variety of other guards, including Ramon Sessions, Jeff Taylor and the Neal, all played in front of Gordon during his 1  1/2 seasons with the team.

Gordon came to the Bobcats in a June 2012 trade with the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons took back Corey Maggette. Essentially the Bobcats accepted Gordon’s 2013-14 salary in return for a future first-round pick with limited protection.

If the Pistons’ pick is outside the top eight in June, the Bobcats will get it. If the Bobcats don’t get the pick in 2014, they get it in 2015 so long as it’s not the No. 1 overall pick.

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