The Rockets waived Bobby Brown earlier in January, but the team hopes to re-sign him to its roster after the trade deadline passes, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times. According to international basketball reporter David Pick (via Twitter), Brown flirted with the idea of signing with Barcelona, but now plans to reach a new deal with Houston after the deadline.
Brown’s previous contract was set to become fully guaranteed on January 10, so the Rockets decided to cut the veteran guard to maintain a little cap and roster flexibility. They’re currently carrying 14 players on standard NBA contracts, leaving one open roster spot. If Houston takes on an extra player in a deadline trade, it would complicate Brown’s return, but assuming the team still has an opening after February 8, it sounds like he’ll claim that spot.
Brown, 33, has spent parts of the last two seasons in Houston, playing sparingly. In 45 total games (5.3 MPG) with the Rockets, the well-traveled guard has averaged 2.5 PPG on .356/.333/.750 shooting.
Despite Brown’s modest contributions on the court, he’s viewed as a strong presence in the Rockets’ locker room. Accoridng to reports, he was one of the players – along with James Harden and Trevor Ariza – who was very involved in recruiting Chris Paul to Houston during the 2017 offseason.