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Rockets release Briante Weber, sign Markel Brown to two-way contract

The Rockets are switching out two-way guards.

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According to Shams Charania, the Rockets are releasing guard Briante Weber.

In a corresponding move, the Rockets are going to sign former Brooklyn Net Markel Brown to a two-way contract. Brown has played this season for the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s G-League affiliate.

In 22 games with the Blue this season, Brown has averaged 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He also shoots 35.8 percent on his shots from beyond the three-point line.

The move is likely being made because Weber’s time on the active roster is nearing its end for the season, and it limits the flexibility of the roster with Weber still on the team. By switching him out for Brown, it gives Weber the chance to sign on for someone else and Brown a chance to see an NBA roster for a maximum of 45 days this season.

Weber played in 13 games for the Rockets this season, averaging 2 points and 1 assist per game.

Brown has 109 games of NBA experience under his belt, including 35 starts, but has not seen NBA action since 2016. Last season, he played for Khimki in Russia.