D-League stud DeAndre Liggins earned his yearly salary with a few 10-day contracts from the Heat and now Justin Hamilton is set to be paid handsomely by the defending back-to-back champions.
Both Hamilton and Liggins featured prominently with the Heat's D-League affiliate this season. Hamilton averaged 19.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game with the Sioux Falls Skyforce before being signed by the Charlotte Bobcats to a 10-day contract. Hamilton played for four minutes of one game with the Bobcats before being released. The Heat, which traded for Hamilton during the 2012 draft, quickly scooped up the 7-footer and signed him to a two-year deal.
The Heat was forced to release Liggins to make room for Hamilton, who impressed the Heat's coaching staff this summer, and was strongly considered for the final 15-man roster. Hamilton broke his nose during the preseason and instead signed with the Heat's D-League team. A former center for LSU, Hamilton played for Cibona Zagreb in Croatia after being drafted in 2012.