The Houston Rockets have announced today that they will not pick-up the fourth year option on current primary backup point guard, Tyler Ennis. Meaning that Ennis will be a free agent after the season has concluded. The story was first reported by Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
BTW, as Rockets pick up '17-18 contract options on Capela, Dekker today, will not on guard Tyler Ennis, source said.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) October 31, 2016
Ennis is currently serving as the Rockets backup point guard while Patrick Beverley is recovering from knee surgery. Beverley is expected back within the next 2-3 weeks for the Rockets. I’m sure coach Mike D’Antoni will bring Beverley back a little slowly to make sure the knee has properly healed, as Beverley is much more important to the Rockets in April and May than November and December.
So far in three games for the Rockets, Ennis has averaged 12 minutes, scoring just under a point, shooting 14.3% from the field, while delivering a respectable three assists. Ennis was the 18th pick overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft for the Phoenix Suns.
The Rockets have Harden, Ariza, Brewer, Beverley, Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, K.J. McDaniels and Chinanu Onuaku all locked up through next year, so there just wasn’t the combination of space and flexibility to lock in Ennis alongside. If there’s anything Daryl Morey loves more than an asset, it’s flexibility.