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Rockets sign guard R.J. Hunter

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The Rockets had space for a two-way deal, and they used it on one of their top G-League players.

Texas Legends v Rio Grande Valley Vipers Photo by Nathan Lambrecht/NBAE via Getty Images

The Houston Rockets signed R.J. Hunter to a two-way contract yesterday, bringing up the young combo guard from the team’s Rio Grande Valley G-League affiliate.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets will have 22 days to convert Hunter’s two-way deal into a standard NBA contract if they expect him to stick with the team.

The Rockets had extra space for a two-way deal after terminating the contract of guard Demetrius Jackson on January 6.

Hunter is in his third NBA season after being drafted in the first round by the Boston Celtics in 2015. He played in 36 games his rookie season before being waived by the Celtics and picked up by the Chicago Bulls the following year.

After being waived by the Bulls, he hooked up with the Vipers in the G-League and was having himself a fine season to this point, averaging 19 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game on 43.1 percent shooting from the field and 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. He played in 23 games for Rio Grande Valley.

Hunter’s not likely to see much playing time, especially with James Harden due back soon and Gerald Green playing so well at the guard position, but this could possibly mean the actual end of the line for professional best friend Bobby Brown.

He was waived back on January 5 with the emergence of Green, though many of us speculated that he could be brought back at some point. If Hunter shows anything with the big boys, Brown appears to have taken every little step out the door.