The Houston Rockets made two minor moves after the draft that were reported yesterday. First, they signed Duke’s leading scorer Matthew Hurt to a two-way deal.
All-ACC forward Matthew Hurt has agreed to a two-way deal with the Houston Rockets, sources tell ESPN. Hurt was the conference’s leading scorer at Duke this season.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 31, 2021
Hurt averaged 18.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1,4 assists per game while shooting 55.6 percent from the field and a ridiculous 44.4 percent from deep on 5.3 attempts per game. He also reportedly crushed his workout for the Rockets, going 75-for-100 from three-point range.
The Rockets obviously have a ton of young talent, so I’m not sure where the 6’9” forward will fit in, but there’s always a place for that kind of shooting, so we’ll see where he ends up.
The team also announced that Jalen Tate, bother of current Rockets player Jae’Sean Tate, will play for the Summer League squad.
Tate played this past season for the University of Arkansas, where he averaged 11 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.1 steals on 48.5 percent from the field and 34.2 percent from beyond the arc.
With the roster so full, I have a hard time seeing him move beyond the Summer League squad, but if he can emulate the fire and versatility of his brother, you never know.