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Houston Rockets: Joe Johnson will sign and be ready for tonight’s game


The newest player for the Rockets will be ready to play tonight against the Sacramento Kings.

Joe Johnson was recently traded at the deadline and subsequently bought out a few days later. He then committed to signing with the Rockets, but it never officially happened until today.

Jonathan Feigen reported that Iso-Joe Johnson will sign with the Rockets and be available to play in tonight’s game against the Kings. Ironically, that is the team that just bought him out.

RIP the Joe Johnson in Sacramento era (February 2018-February 2018). It’s a cruel world.

Will Johnson be able to play and contribute tonight against his former (kinda) team? We shall see when the Kings roll into town at 7 p.m. CT on AT&T Sportsnet SW.

Joe Johnson will sign today, be available tonight, source said. Rockets will waive Troy Williams to open the roster spot.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 14, 2018

Troy Williams released

Unfortunately, some room had to be made on the team to sign Joe Johnson. The Rockets found that room by cutting Troy Williams from the team. This was rumored to be happening yesterday but officially came to fruition today with the signing.

Troy Williams was certainly not bad for the Rockets in his brief time. He was plagued by injuries this year in a season that looked like he may be able to contribute in for Houston. Last year, he averaged nearly 10 points a night off the bench while shooting a solid 38% from 3 in only 6 games near the end of the year.

He is doing quite well in the G-League this season and showed out during the Summer League, but when you have the chance to add someone like Joe Johnson, you do it. Troy’s injury problems this year made him expendable should a buyout deal happen.

Brandan Wright

It is still unknown whether Brandan Wright will be active for tonight’s game. About the matter, Feigen said:

The transaction is complete, but whether he will be on the active list I cannot say yet. Should get a better idea around 5:15 and know by 6.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 14, 2018

We’ll be sure to tweet out around 6 whether he is active tonight.

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