FRIDAY, 8:43pm: Houston has officially announced the signing (H/T Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle).
TUESDAY, 12:16pm: The Rockets and Jeff Adrien have agreed to a one-year, minimum-salary deal, reports Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle (on Twitter). The 28-year-old power forward split last season between the Hornets and Bucks.
The Aaron Mintz client appeared in eight games for the Rockets during the 2011/12 season, so he joins Joey Dorsey as one-time Rockets returning to the team today. Milwaukee showcased Adrien down the stretch after acquiring him in a deadline trade, and he responded with 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per game over 28 appearances down the stretch. Still, there didn’t appear to be that much interest in the 28-year-old who’d otherwise been a bit player during his four-year career.
Adrien would be undersized at center and has never made a three-pointer in his NBA career, so it’s tough to see where he’ll fit in with the Rockets, who like to feature shooters around a single big man. Still, it’s a fairly low-risk signing at the minimum salary for Houston, which receives a player who showed this past season that he has more upside than previously thought.