The Houston Rockets Come to Terms with George de Paula

May 7, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; General view outside Toyota Center before game four of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
May 7, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; General view outside Toyota Center before game four of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs between the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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The Rockets have come to terms with another undrafted free agent.

This time it is Brazilian point guard George de Paula. Though his name may sound like another person the Rockets are pursuing, he is, in fact, a different player (of course). De Paula is a talented guard with a decent amount of upside, but it is unclear what his role will be in Houston this year.

Undrafted rookie George de Paula (Brazil) has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 23, 2017

George de Paula was actually on my players that the Rockets should avoid drafting list. However, since they got him without using a draft pick, it may be good to see if he pans out or not. His numbers don’t particularly look fantastic, 10.8 points, 4.1 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. His size and athleticism make him interesting, though.

At 6’6 with a 7’ wingspan, de Paula could be a defensive beast and great guard in the league. He will need to develop his scoring, but he has the tools to be a good player. De Paula has improved every year, so that makes him a good prospect for the Rockets to have. While he likely will not make an impact this season, we will have to wait and see if he grows into a role player the Rockets can use.

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This signing seems almost like a joke for the Rockets as they pursue Paul George. While the team is likely actually interested in George de Paula, you have to wonder if the similarity of the two names came up with the front office of the Rockets. What would really be something, yet highly unlikely to happen, would be to see both players on the court at the same time for Houston.

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