You are forgiven if you had not heard of Daniel Hamilton before reading his name at the top of this page. Hamilton is a 23-year-old, 6’7″ wing from UConn who was in his second year in the league with the Atlanta Hawks before being released on the day of the trade deadline.
For most of his two years in the league, Hamilton has bounced back and forth between the Hawks and the GLeague, where he’s been solid to just ok.
He’s only appeared in 25 NBA games, but in 98 G-League games he’s averaged 15 points per game on 41 percent shooting. These are not exactly mind-blowing numbers but this year he is shooting 47 percent and averaging 18 points per game and 11 rebounds.
Hamilton has good size at 6’7 and seems to have a capable shooting stroke, although he’s only shot 32 percent from deep in the G League and 35 percent in the NBA.
For the Bucks to sign Hamilton it would almost definitely be a 10-day contract as Hamilton is unlikely to receive many substantial offers and hasn’t quite warranted any either with his play.
However, with youth comes potential, and Budenholzer or Horst may see some potential in Hamilton.
Would he play significant minutes? Almost certainly not. Bud wouldn’t risk messing up his rotations and chemistry to bring an extremely green wing player into the fold.
The purpose of signing Hamilton would be more of a look toward the future, with the Bucks bringing him in to perhaps get a better look at the player to see if he’s worth signing this offseason.
This would be the lowest-risk, lowest-reward signing the Bucks could make.