Daryl Morey has been a busy man this past week, and it can all be slightly confusing, but we’re here to give you the skinny and recap everything that has gone down.
Dec. 28: With an open roster spot, Rockets sign Gerald Green to a non-guaranteed deal. All non-guaranteed deals become guaranteed on Jan. 7, 10 days later. The Rockets have unofficially given Gerald Green a 10-day contract.
Jan. 4: After back-to-back 20-point performances, Rockets unofficially decide they will guarantee Gerald Green’s contract on Sunday.
Later that day: Bobby Brown is waived, thus leaving the Rockets with an open roster spot. Brown will likely clear waivers, and will be eligible to be re-signed later in the season. In fact, Shams Charania tweeted Saturday that the Rockets are interested in signing the Professional Best Friend™ back later in the year.
Sources: The Rockets are planning to re-sign guard Bobby Brown later in season for the rest of the year and playoffs. In meantime, Brown is in talks with teams in China.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2018
Jan. 6: Demetrius Jackson’s two-way contract is terminated, per Jonathan Feigen. Each team is designated a pair of two-way contracts. Briante Weber is under a two-way contract, but now the Rockets have an extra two-way contract, and they can sign anyone they wish. They will likely give it to someone after the G-League Showcase.
The Rockets terminated Demetrius Jackson's two-way contract. He will sign a 10-day contract, but does not appear in team's plans. Will be assigned to RGV, source said, and play in G League Showcase during his 10-day.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) January 6, 2018
Jan. 6: Rockets use their open roster spot vacated by Bobby Brown to sign Demetrius Jackson to a 10-day contract. Jackson will be assigned to Rio Grande Valley and will play with the team in the G-League Showcase.
Jan. 7: Gerald Green’s contract officially becomes guaranteed. He will make $1.4 million for the rest of the season.
Jan. 10-13: G-League Showcase in Mississauga, Ontario. Rockets will likely sign a player to a two-way deal during the Showcase or directly after.
It’s important to note that two-way contracts only allow players 45 days of NBA service time, so don’t be shocked if the second contract is another point guard to keep Weber active — or replace Weber’s minutes once his service expires — and bolster the Rockets’ shaky depth.
One more thing: waiving Bobby Brown keeps the Rockets with an open roster spot. They had 14 contracts, Green briefly gave them the max of 15, and they are back down to 14. Flexibility is always the word of the day in Morey’s front office.