The NBA trade deadline has passed, but that doesn’t mean teams like the Houston Rockets have stopped stockpiling talent for the stretch run.
According to reports Monday evening, Houston intends on signing a pair of veteran forwards to fill out its roster. The Rockets are set up to add DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green.
The 33-year-old Carroll only appeared in 15 games with the San Antonio Spurs this season, saying he “just didn’t jell” with head coach Gregg Popovich. Earlier tonight, he reached a contract buyout with San Antonio, freeing himself to sign with the Rockets.
As for Green, he averaged 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 30 games for the Utah Jazz before being cut back in December. Houston will be the ninth team in 12 seasons for the 33-year-old Green.
San Antonio and forward DeMarre Carroll have agreed to a contract buyout, agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. Houston is a frontrunner to sign Carroll once he clears waivers, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 17, 2020
Veteran forward Jeff Green has agreed to sign with the Rockets, league sources tell ESPN. Green averaged 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 30 games with the Jazz this season.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 17, 2020
While Green and Carroll have played forward throughout their careers, they will presumably play some at center in Houston’s “small ball” lineups.
The Rockets are currently 34-20 and in fifth place in the Western Conference. Houston is two games back of the Utah Jazz for the fourth spot.