According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Houston Rockets have signed veteran-forward Jeff Green for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Green, 33, originally signed a 10-day contract on Feb. 18 as a “test run” in his decision to sign with the Rockets.
Through his first four games, Green has made his mark as the Rockets’ backup big, averaging 9.8 points while shooting 70% from the field, to go along with 3.5 rebounds in 19.3 minutes. His best game as a Rocket came in a 140-112 blowout victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, where Green recorded 11 points (4-8 FG, 3-6 3PT), five rebounds, and four assists Wednesday night.
The Rockets today signed Jeff Green for the remainder of the season after initially bringing Green to Houston on a 10-day deal— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 28, 2020
Following Monday’s win over the New York Knicks, Mike D’Antoni said Green’s athleticism is what the ball club has been missing over the past few years.
“Yeah, he’s [Jeff Green] good. It’s something that — in the past years we haven’t had; a lot of athleticism. Jeff is one of those guys he knows how to play, and he looks like he’s gliding, but he’s playing, and he’s going to be a nice piece for us.” — D’Antoni
Standing 6’9”, Green will continue to provide Houston with much-needed size in their frontcourt for a team that has exceeded expectations with their small-ball experience. He has proved to be the prototypical role player for the Rockets, as a versatile defender who can step out and knock down shots from the outside.
Before joining the Rockets (38-20), the 13-year veteran signed as an unrestricted free agent after he was waived by the Utah Jazz in mid-December. His short stint in Salt Lake City might have been the lowest point of his pro-career, as Green averaged a career-low 7.8 points in 18.4 minutes per game.
In the midst of riding a five-game winning streak, the Houston Rockets will return to the court on Saturday, for what could be a potential NBA Finals showdown against the Boston Celtics. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m. CT.