Rockets Sign Tim Ohlbrecht

February 25 2013 at 5:38pm CDT By Zach Links

The Rockets announced that they have signed center Tim Ohlbrecht to a multi-year deal.  Ohlbrecht's deal is for three years with team options for the final two, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter).  Our own Luke Adams predicted earlier today that the center would get that type of deal, similar to the structure of Greg Smith's contract.

Houston is one of 14 NBA teams with at least one open roster spot, so they will not have to waive a player to make space for the big man.  Ohlbrecht has spent the season playing for the Rockets' D-League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers.  

In 32 games for the Vipers this season, the 6'11" German averaged 13.4 PPG and 7.4 RPG in 26.6 minutes per contest.  He also earned a spot in the D-League's All-Star Game earlier this month.

Agent Tyler Glass told Emiliano Carchia of Sportando last week that Ohlbrecht had turned down a 10-day contract offer from the Celtics, which makes sense given the multi-year opportunity being presented to him by the Rockets.  

In a related move, the Rockets announced that they have assigned Tyler Honeycutt to the Vipers.  The forward was acquired by the Rockets from the Kings prior to the deadline in the Patrick Patterson deal.

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