Rockets sign Armoni Brooks, waive Ben McLemore and Justin Patton

The Houston Rockets have signed free agent guard Armoni Brooks to a two-way contract.

In related moves, the Rockets waived guard Ben McLemore and center Justin Patton.

Brooks (6-3, 195) was eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft following his junior season at the University of Houston. He spent 2019-20 with the College Park Skyhawks in the G League before being acquired this season by the Rockets affiliate, Rio Grande Valley.

In 15 games for the Vipers, Brooks averaged 16.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.07 steals. He led the G League in 3-pointers made (57) while averaging 3.8 on 37.5% shooting. Over his final two collegiate seasons with the Cougars, Brooks averaged 2.8 3-pointers made on 40.2% shooting.

McLemore was in his second season with Houston. In 103 games with 27 starts as a Rocket, he averaged 9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.3 3-pointers made on 38.2% shooting.

Patton signed a two-way contract with Houston on Feb. 19 and appeared in 13 games with six starts, averaging 5.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.08 blocks.

Rockets trade Victor Oladipo to Heat for Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk

The Houston Rockets today traded guard Victor Oladipo to the Miami Heat for guard Avery Bradley and forward Kelly Olynyk.

The Rockets also receive the right to swap first round picks with Miami in 2022, using their own pick or the one owed to Houston by Brooklyn.

Oladipo, a two-time NBA All-Star, has appeared in 29 games (all starts) this season between the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers averaging 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.34 steals and 33.4 minutes while shooting 41.1 percent from the field, including 25.6 points on 43.3 percent from the field over his last eight games. He has recorded 18 20-point games this season, including six-straight from February 26 – March 16, tying the second-longest streak of his career, while adding three 30-point performances. He has connected on multiple three-point field goals 21 times this season and has currently hit at least one trey in 11-straight games. Additionally, Oladipo has been the only player in the NBA to average at least 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.90 steals over the last three combined seasons.

Olynyk (6-11, 240) was originally the 13th overall pick by Dallas in the 2013 NBA Draft before his rights were acquired by Boston. In 543 career games with 141 starts, Olynyk is averaging 9.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.

Dating back to 2017-18, Olynyk is the only player in the league to have averaged at least 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, and 1.5 3-pointers made in fewer than 28.0 mpg. He has the fourth-most 3-pointers made (645) of any player in NBA history listed 6’11” or taller.

Bradley (6-3, 190) was originally the 19th overall pick by Boston in the 2010 NBA Draft. In 581 career games with 494 starts, he is averaging 11.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.01 steals.

Last season, Bradley started 44 games for the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers prior to the NBA restart in Orlando. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors in 2015-16 and was a Second Team selection in 2012-13.

Rockets trade P.J. Tucker, Rodions Kurucs to Bucks for D.J. Augustin, D.J. Wilson, draft pick

The Houston Rockets have traded forwards P.J. Tucker and Rodions Kurucs to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guard D.J. Augustin, forward D.J. Wilson, and the Bucks first round pick in 2023.

The Rockets also received the right to swap their 2021 second round pick for Milwaukee’s 2021 first round pick (Top 9 protected), while the Bucks re-acquired their 2022 first round pick which Houston obtained from Cleveland as part of a four-team trade earlier this season.

Augustin (6-0, 183) was originally the ninth overall pick by Charlotte in the 2008 NBA Draft following his sophomore season at Texas. In 901 career games with 326 starts, he has averaged 9.7 points, 4.0 assists and 1.9 rebounds while shooting 37.9% from 3-point range.

Over the past three seasons, Augustin was one of five players to have averaged at least 10.0 ppg and 4.0 apg while playing fewer than 26.0 minutes per game. Rockets head coach Stephen Silas was an assistant coach with Charlotte during Augustin’s final two seasons with the Bobcats from 2010-11 through 2011-12.

Wilson (6-10, 224) was originally the 17th overall pick by Milwaukee in the 2017 NBA Draft following his junior season at Michigan. He appeared in 119 career games for the Bucks while averaging 4.0 points and 2.9 rebounds in 11.9 minutes per game.

While on assignment in the G League the past three seasons, Wilson averaged 16.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.9 3-pointers made on 38.2% shooting. He was the recipient of Michigan’s Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award in his final collegiate season.

Tucker spent the past three and a half seasons with the Rockets while averaging 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.18 steals in 268 games with 220 starts. Since the start of 2012-13, he has played the most games of any player in the league.

Kurucs was acquired by Houston from Brooklyn earlier this season as part of a four-team trade with Cleveland and Indiana. He appeared in 11 games as a Rocket.

Rockets sign guard Mason Jones to 10-day contract

The Houston Rockets have signed guard Mason Jones to a 10-day contract.

Jones (6-5, 200) was an early entry candidate for the 2020 NBA Draft following his junior season at Arkansas and originally signed a two-way contract with Houston on Nov. 26, 2020. He has appeared in 22 games with one start for the Rockets this season. Per 36 minutes played, Jones is averaging 18.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists.

The 22-year-old has scored in double-figures four times this season, including a career-best 24 points while shooting 6-of-8 from 3-point range at San Antonio on Jan. 16. Jones shot 9-of-10 from the foul line vs. Memphis on Feb. 28, marking the most free throw attempts by a Rockets rookie since Luis Scola in 2007-08.

Rockets sign Anthony Lamb, waive Mason Jones

The Houston Rockets have signed forward Anthony Lamb to a two-way contract. He had been playing for their NBA G League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley.

And in a related move, the Rockets have waived guard Mason Jones. He appeared in 22 games as a rookie this season.

Lamb (6-6, 225) was eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft following his senior season at Vermont. He earned America East Player of the Year honors as both a junior and a senior.

After starting the G League season with the Canton Charge, Lamb was acquired by the Vipers and appeared in six regular season games while averaging 18.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 blocks. He also averaged 2.2 3-pointers made on 41.9% shooting.

Rockets notes, on Feb. 22 matchup with Bulls

Rockets Pregame Notes on Tonight’s Matchup With Bulls

· Chicago’s win on 1/18 snapped a seven-game losing streak to Houston, which was its longest in the all-time series.

· Since losing two straight at home to the Bulls from 1/23-11/16/10, the Rockets have won six of the past seven meetings at Toyota Center.

· Eric Gordon had 21 points on 9-of-17 shooting at Chicago on 1/18 after scoring 9 points on 3-of-9 shooting in the only meeting last season.

· John Wall missed the first games against the Bulls on 1/18… in 23 career games vs. Chicago, he is averaging 19.0 points and 9.0 assists.

Rockets and Bulls Connections

· Rockets forward David Nwaba appeared in 70 games with 21 starts for Chicago in 2017-18 while averaging 7.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.5 apg.

· Bulls guard Garrett Temple briefly played for the Rockets during his rookie season in 2009-10… he was teammates with Rockets guard John Wall for four seasons with Washington from 2012-13 through 2015-16… Bulls forward Otto Porter Jr. was also on the Wizards for those final three seasons.

· Rockets guard Mason Jones was college teammates at Arkansas with Bulls forward Daniel Gafford in 2018-19.

Injury/Status Report

· For the Rockets: DeMarcus Cousins (Out – Right Heel Soreness); Danté Exum (Out – Right Calf Strain); KJ Martin (Assigned to G League); Kevin Porter Jr. (Assigned to G League); Victor Oladipo (Out – Right Foot Strain); P.J. Tucker (Probable – Left Quad Contusion); Christian Wood (Out – Right Ankle Sprain).

· For the Bulls: Devon Dotson (Assigned to G League); Chandler Hutchison (Out – Right Lower Leg Contusion); Lauri Markkanen (Out – Right Acromioclavicular Sprain); Adam Mokoka (Not With Team); Otto Porter Jr. (Out – Low Back Spasms).

Rockets News & Notes

· Houston has scored 110+ points in each of the past two games (116.0 ppg) after not doing so in any of the five games prior (98.8 ppg)… the Rockets are 6-5 when scoring 110+ points this season and 5-12 when scoring below.

· The Rockets only have a total of three fewer offensive rebounds than opponents over the past 16 games after averaging 3.1 fewer over the first 12 games of the season.

· Eric Gordon had 17 points at Philly on 2/17, marking his first time scoring below 20 points in his 10 starts this season… he has scored 20+ points in 14 of his 22 games played this season after doing so six times in 36 games played in 2019-20.

· Justin Patton is set to make his Rockets debut tonight after signing a two-way contract on 2/19… in 30 G League games last season, he averaged 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.8 blocks while shooting 52.8% from the floor.

Rockets sign center Justin Patton from G League

The Houston Rockets have signed Justin Patton to a two-way contract. The center had been playing in the G League for the Westchester Knicks.

After earning Big East Freshman of the Year honors for Creighton, Patton (6-11, 241) was selected with the 16th overall pick by Chicago in the 2017 NBA Draft before his rights were traded to Minnesota. He was most recently with Milwaukee during training camp prior to this season.

In 83 career G League games, Patton has averaged 11.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.0 blocks. The 23-year-old ranked fourth in the G League with 2.8 bpg last season.

Rockets sign Ray Spalding, waive Brodric Thomas

The Houston Rockets today announced they have called up center Ray Spalding from their NBA G League affiliate, Rio Grande Valley, and signed him to a two-way contract.

In a related move, the Rockets have waived guard Brodric Thomas.

In two games for the Vipers this season, Spalding (6-10, 225) averaged 18.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.50 blocks while shooting 60.0% from the floor. He was with the Rockets during the 2019 preseason prior to joining Rio Grande Valley.

Spalding was an early entry candidate for the 2018 NBA Draft following his junior season at Louisville and was the 56th overall pick by Philadelphia before his right were acquired by Dallas. He appeared in one game for the Mavericks in addition to 13 games for Phoenix in 2018-19.