With the NBA offseason coming to a close and the 2017 training camps on the horizon, the Houston Rockets made a couple moves to fill out their roster before things start ramping up.
First, according to the Houston Chronicle, they signed forward Chris Johnson to a partially guaranteed contract. Johnson’s been a solid player the last several seasons for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and also had a good Summer League showing this year for the Rockets.
Johnson, who is a 6’6” left-handed-shooting small forward, has spent four seasons in the G/D-League. He’s racked up averages of 14.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1 steal, to go along with 48.2 percent shooting from the field and 36.6 percent from beyond the arc.
The Rockets also signed rookie big man Isaiah Hartenstein to Rio Grande Valley. The seven-footer was Houston’s second-round draft pick this past season, and though he underwhelmed a bit during the Summer League, shooting just 35.3 percent from the field, he showed enough potential in the pick-and-roll that the team wants to see what he can offer in the G-League.
And finally, it hasn’t been officially announced yet, but the Rockets are expected to sign professional best friend Bobby Brown, giving Houston a full 20 players when training camp begins early next week.
The veteran point guard is famous for mostly his mop-up duty, knocking down some threes in garbage time, and helping to keep the Rockets’ $228 million dollar man (uh, James Harden in case you needed clarification) happy. And we all like a happy Beard, so don’t be surprised to see Brown stick around on the roster again this season.
So barring any last-minute moves by the front office (Carmelo Anthony, anyone?), the Rockets look ready go for next Tuesday.
Just a couple more days, folks, and basketball is finally here!