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Rockets bring Josh Huestis to Rio Grande Valley

The former first-rounder is back in the states an signed to Houston’s G-League affiliate.

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The Houston Rockets made a move yesterday that might have fell under the radar for a lot of people with the focus on Houston’s 3-6 record, back-to-back blowouts at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers, and James Harden’s lack of effort and post-game press conference.

But according to Amico Hoops, the Rockets signed former first-round draft pick Josh Huestis and assigned him to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, which is Houston’s G-League affiliate.

Huestis is a 6’7” forward out of Stanford who was drafted with the 29th overall pick by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2014 NBA draft.

He only played in five total NBA games during his first three years, but finally saw some extended action in the 2017-2018 season, in which he played in 69 games, starting 10. His overall stats were underwhelming, though, as he averaged just 2.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and .6 blocks per game on 33 percent shooting from the field.

Following that failure on what was an extended audition, he signed with the San Antonio Spurs, only playing with their G-League affiliate in the 2018-2019 season before eventually heading overseas, where he spent one season with Bayern Munich of the Euroleague.

The 29-year-old Huestis has likely hit his ceiling as player, so don’t expect to him with Houston’s varsity squad any time soon, but with the COVID-19 contact tracing protocols wreaking havoc on the NBA season, you never know. At one point, he had enough potential to be a first-round pick, so maybe he finds his way back to an NBA court.