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According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Houston Rockets are interested in Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson.
“For instance, league sources say the Rockets have a strong interest in Cavs guard Daniel Gibson, a veteran with a decent perimeter stroke (when healthy) – and an expiring contract that makes him a prime target everywhere.”
Gibson is a 6-year veteran out of the University of Texas. He’s still just 26 years old but with the direction the Cavs are going in and with their recent struggles, it makes sense why they would want to part ways.
Gibson is a combo guard who is more fit to be a three-point specialist off the bench. His career averages are 8 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes. He shoots 40% from the field, 41% from downtown and 78% from the line.
The only explanation I can come up with for why the Rockets would pull the trigger on a trade like this is for his expiring contract. Houston already had a similar player in Daequan Cook who they released early on in the season.
Since Boobie has only played for one team his entire career, maybe the Rockets think they can get a jolt out of him once he gets a change of scenerey.
I have personally played with Gibson in high school. He was much better than me but I never once thought he was NBA caliber. He may not be a star but he is a solid scoring threat off the bench.
Gibson struggles running the point. In fact, if the Rockets want to replace Toney Douglas or Patrick Beverley with Gibson they will have a rude awakening. Gibson should only be used as an emergency point guard.
If this trade does happen I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Rockets turn around and flip him immeadiately to another team. If not he would most likely not be back next season since his contract expires. But for now these are just rumors.