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Daniel Hamilton signs two-way deal with Thunder

The new NBA rule allows players to rotate between the G League and the NBA.

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On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that they had signed Daniel Hamilton to a two-way contract.

The two-way contract is a new rule in place starting with the 2017-18 year. Rosters will now expand from 15 to 17 players and players on two-way deals can spend a maximum of 45 days on an NBA team.

The Denver Nuggets drafted Hamilton with the 56th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and traded him to the Thunder on draft night for $730,000 and he spent 2016-17 with Oklahoma City’s NBA Development League team, the Oklahoma City Blue.

Hamilton played 49 games for the Blue, starting 47 of them. He averaged 14.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game in 31.2 minutes per contest. His 8.0 rebounds per game ranked 11th in the D-League and led the Blue. He was third on the team in assists and fifth in points. He also led the team in double-doubles (15) and had the Blue’s fifth triple-double.

He upped his game in the playoffs, averaging 16.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game across six contests.