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Rockets To Sign Mike Harris To Fill In For Injured Budinger

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You have to wonder if Toyota Center ever removed Mike Harris' locker. I'd like to think that they have an extra locker in the back corner, eternally reserved for Harris until the day he can no longer stand up and put on his basketball shorts.

With Chase Budinger sidelined due to injury, Jonathan Feigen is reporting that the Rockets will sign Harris, a former Rocket who spent valuable time on the 22-game win streak team and helped lead their D-League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, to an NBDL championship last season.

Per Feigen:

With another late-season injury, the Rockets will make another call to familiar fill-in Mike Harris, a person with knowledge of the decision said Monday.

Harris, who had completed his season in China, had been considering offers to play for the Rockets' NBA Development League affiliate or in Puerto Rico when Rockets forward Chase Budinger sprained his left ankle Sunday against the Utah Jazz. He is expected to sign with the Rockets on Tuesday.

What does this mean for Terrence Williams? Well, for starters, you probably won't see him take the floor again until next season, save for the garbagiest of garbage minutes. He's clearly not in-tune enough with the current system to merit playing time. Thus, bringing in a familiar face in Harris became an easy option towards which the Rockets could turn. Williams is also coming off a minor surgery, so that could have factored into the decision as well.

For the last time, if you still don't think the Rockets are gunning for a playoff spot and for as many wins as possible, this here move should solidify this belief.