After making a major offseason move followed by a huge trade deadline move, the Houston Rockets continued to add to their roster this week.
On Monday, the team announced it would be claiming DeMarre Carroll off the waiver wire once his buyout was complete with the San Antonio Spurs. Shortly after that, more news was released that the Rockets were planning to sign veteran forward Jeff Green to a 10-day contract to see if he can earn a longer deal.
On Tuesday morning, the Spurs officially waived Carroll, clearing the way for something to be worked out with the Rockets. He still needs to clear waivers, however, before being officially signed.
The signing of Jeff Green, though, was made official by the team Tuesday evening, as reported by Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen:
Rockets make it official, announcing the 10-day contract with Jeff Green. Daryl Morey: "Jeff is a very versatile player. Can play big, can guard on the perimeter, athletic, somebody that can hit 3s. We love his versatility and feel he can fit right in w/ what we’re trying to do.”
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 19, 2020
With games against sub-500 teams like the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks coming up in the next 10 days, Green should get some time on the floor if the Rockets take care of business early or if Mike D’Antoni decides to expand his regular rotation.
We recently covered a few things Green can bring to the Rockets as he looks to become a solid role player on a championship contender. With the recent addition of the 6-8 forward, here is an updated look at the roster, listed in depth chart order as shown on Rotoworld.
PG – Russell Westbrook, Austin Rivers, Chris Clemons, Michael Frazier
SG – James Harden, Eric Gordon, Ben McLemore
SF – Danuel House, Jeff Green, Bruno Caboclo
PF – Robert Covington
C – P.J. Tucker, Isaiah Hartenstein, Tyson Chandler
DeMarre Carroll is expected to sign with the team and would likely be filling up another power forward role when he becomes official.
By adding a pair of 6-8, versatile players, the Rockets are making it clear that their small-ball approach to the game is here to stay. It will be interesting to see how much the new guys can contribute to the team as they look to prepare for the NBA playoffs.