The Houston Rockets have released one guard and plan to sign another today.
Briante Weber‘s time with the Houston Rockets is officially over. The two-way contract player signed early on in the season was running out of NBA days quickly.
Not wanting to bring on a full contract, the Rockets decided to cut Weber and instead plan to sign another player to a two-way deal, Markel Brown.
Brown will likely take the role that Weber had this year. With James Harden coming back soon, though, we will have to wait and see what that role will be.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports was first on the news:
Sources: The Houston Rockets plan to release guard Briante Weber, who's on a two-way NBA contract, and plan to sign Markel Brown of G League's Oklahoma City on a two-way.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 15, 2018
Brown played last for the Brooklyn Nets in the 2015-16 season. Since then, he’s been in the G-League with the OKC Blues.
This year in OKC, Brown has averaged 17.4 points per game on 36% shooting from deep. While his NBA stats aren’t particularly impressive, he does have two 20-point games on his record in 2016 and seemed to improve quite a bit towards the end of that season.
He will compete with R.J. Hunter for playing time on the Rockets. Should Harden or Paul go down with another injury, they will be ready to come in and compete.
Weber was quickly becoming a fan favorite due to his high-energy play on the defensive end of the court. He was nicknamed the “Mosquito” and reminded quite a few people of a young Patrick Beverley.
Unfortunately, his 3-point shot just wasn’t good or consistent enough for him to stick with the Rockets, especially at the level of play this team needs. We wish him luck in finding a new team and hope he can stick in the league somewhere.
*All stats via Basketball-Reference*