Less than a week ago, Khyri Thomas was a free agent. Now, he’ll be wearing Rockets red for the forseeable future.
According to Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko of The Athletic, the team has signed Khyri Thomas to a multi-year extension.
The Houston Rockets are signing guard Khyri Thomas to a multiyear contract, sources tell me and @Rockets_Insider. Houston initially signed Thomas via hardship exception.— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) May 13, 2021
Thomas signed a 10-day contract with the hardship exception before last Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks because the team needed one more player to suit up in the game. However, in his first four games as a Rocket, he’s gone from emergency option to emerging role player.
He’s averaging 16.3 points per game in his brief Rockets career, and even dropped a career-high 27 points against the Utah Jazz on Saturday.
It might have been a flash in the pan, but Thomas has turned this flash into a spark that is giving him a true second chance to stick in the NBA.
In a corresponding move, the team waived DaQuan Jeffries.
Jeffries joined the Rockets in early April and appeared in 13 games with the team, averaging 4.9 points per game.