The Thunder has made use of the new two-way deals available for G-League players, signing Daniel Hamilton to the first ever contract of this type for the organization. The 21-year-old combo guard appeared in 49 games for the Oklahoma City Blue last season, averaging 14.9 points, 8 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He most recently appeared in the Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 11.8 points and 6.8 assists despite struggling with his shot throughout the week.
For those that need refreshing, here’s brief explanation of two-way contracts via the NBA:
“NBA rosters will grow from 15 spots to 17 thanks to the addition of a pair of “two-way players” that can spend up to 45 days on an NBA roster. Under these contracts, which are similar to those used in Minor League Baseball, a player will be able to make an NBA salary on a pro-rata basis while with the parent club, while also being able to earn his G League salary when with the affiliate team.”
Under this arrangement, Hamilton is expected to spend most of his time in the G-League, but is available for up to 45 days for the Thunder if needed. As the organization is well known for the utilization of its farm system, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hamilton with the main roster on more than one occasion.
In a statement from GM Sam Presti, he praised the California native, saying, “Daniel has shown significant strides in his development since entering our program. We are thrilled that he will receive the first two-way contract in Thunder history as we expect him to spend time with both teams this season as he continues to evolve as a player.”
Here are his highlights from a standout game last season: