The Rockets are eyeing German league point guard Malcolm Delaney, though they’re leaning against signing him this season, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com (Twitter links). Former Euroleague coach Pini Gershon first noted Houston’s interest while broadcasting Delaney’s game today, saying that the Rockets wanted the point guard as soon as possible, as David Pick of Eurobasket.com tweets.
The 25-year-old Delaney is on Houston’s list of possible late-season signees, Stein writes, suggesting there are others the team is considering. Still, the revelation that Patrick Beverley will return this season from a torn meniscus that originally threatened to end his 2013/14 campaign has slowed the team’s push to change its roster. The Rockets are carrying the maximum 15 players, so they’d have to waive someone to bring Delaney or anyone else aboard.
Delaney went undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2011, and the closest he ever came to the NBA was a summer league stint with the Pistons in 2012. The Baltimore native played professionally for teams in France and Ukraine prior to joining Bayern Munich of Germany for this season. He’s averaging 12.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.3 turnovers in 48 games this season, and he’s made 39.1% of his three-point attempts.