As predicted by Pat Riley, Heat draft pick Justin Hamilton will soon be stashed away in Europe.
It sounds better than being banished.
Riley mentioned “stashing” Hamilton in Europe after the draft and on Wednesday the second-round pick signed to play in Croatia with Cibonia Zagreb of the Adriatic League. A 7-foot center, Hamilton started two games for the Heat’s summer league team in Las Vegas after being drafted with the 45th pick of the second round. He was expected to make the team.
The Heat enters training camp with two centers on its roster, Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman.
A third and perhaps fourth center could be added before the season.
Last season, the Heat awarded center Eddy Curry a spot on the roster but he rarely played. During the 2012 playoffs, the Heat played Chris Bosh at center.