An established and productive forward in the EuroLeague these last couple of years – if kind of disliked by certain sections of the European audience who abhor athleticism when it comes at the expenses of pick-and-roll defence – Haislip left Unicaja Malaga this summer after two seasons to return to the NBA to play for the Spurs for the minimum salary. This represented about a 75% paycut for Haislip, yet he did it anyway, because American citizens like playing in America. It didn’t work out for him, though – in three months with the team, Haislip played all of 10 games and 44 minutes. Then in early January, Panathinaikos came in for him, looking for a short-term injury reinforcement. Haislip negotiated a buyout with San Antonio (which wasn’t difficult; “you can forget what you owe me if you let me leave”) and signed with Pana, for whom he is averaging 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in the Greek league.
Former Wizards forward Hall is with Armani Jeans Milano, a team based in Milano that are sponsored by Armani Jeans. He is averaging 8.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in Serie A, alongside 6.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague, shooting 29% from three-point range between the two. He had a nice game-winning dunk in a EuroLeague game recently, but YouTube doesn’t seem to carry it. Or if it does, it’s in Italian.
Sonics/Thunder draft pick Halperin is a member of Olympiacos, averaging 7.4 points and 1.8 assists per game in the Greek league, alongside 7.0 points and 1.1 assists per game in the EuroLeague. His minutes have been inconsistent, as have those of all Olympiacos players, but perhaps more so than the others. Halperin didn’t play in Greek league games to begin the season, as Greek league games allow for only six non-Greeks per team per game, and Olympiacos had 7. But he soon played his way onto the team – or rather, Von Wafer played his way off it – and he’s been in the Greek league game rotation ever since.
Olympiacos later released Wafer, dropping down to six non-Greeks again, but then they picked up Scoonie Penn, putting them back at seven again. Since then, Heat draft pick Patrick Beverley has been the one to sit; he hasn’t played a Greek league game since January 3rd. He’s also only played 33 EuroLeague minutes in 2010, despite him playing well in the few that he’s had.
Former Hornets draft pick Adam Haluska barely played last year for Hapoel Jerusalem, averaging only 3.4 ppg and playing 141 minutes all season. And this year, he hasn’t played anywhere at all. In fact, he might have quit.
Ham last played in the 2007/08 season in the D-League, and is now an assistant coach for the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. His son is now a standout high school player.
Hamilton is noted – by me, at least – for having a very limited professional career. Despite having two training camp contracts with the Nets in the last two years, and winning them over greatly, Hamilton’s professional basketball career has been very short and very limited. Nonetheless, he’s found ready employment this year in the D-League with the Utah Flash, for whom he is averaging 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
Rockets draft pick Venson Hamilton’s five-year stint with Real Madrid came to an end this summer with the start of the Ettore Messina era. He barely even played last year, though, so it wasn’t an important loss to the team. Hamilton has not played elsewhere this year and is currently unsigned, although he’s reported to be training with Rincon Axarquia, a team in Spain’s LEB Gold that kind of serve as Unicaja Malaga’s reserves.
Former Clemson guard and Cavaliers camp signee Hamilton started the year in Switzerland, where he averaged 19.0 points and 2.9 assists for SAM Basket Massagno before being released in November due to injury. He later signed in Ukraine with MBC Mykolaiv and averaged a further 6.7 points per game before being released again. Between the two, he shot 60% from the foul line.
Perennial journeyman Zendon Hamilton is still going, although his best days are behind him now since he’s turning 35 next month. He signed with Al Jalaa Aleppo in December, a team in the mighty basketball powerhouse of Syria, but no statistics are available. He got injured in January and may have been released.
Former Jazz big man retired in 2006 after a season with Barcelona. He now owns and runs BBA Properties, a construction firm based in Charlotte. I first tweeted that back on November 28th, and then it curiously appeared in the Deseret News two days later. Sneaky dawgs.
Hansen left Dynamo Moscow in the summer when the team ran out of money and released all their foreigners. It didn’t hurt him, though, as he quickly moved to Real Madrid. Hansen averages 7.3 points and 2.5 points per game in the ACB, alongside 4.7 points per game in the EuroLeague, shooting a combined 40% from three-point range.