8:05pm: The transaction is official, according to a team press release.
This comes as a surprising development, as the Rockets were expected to claim Evans after the two-way player was waived by the Suns on Saturday. Oklahoma City, which has tumbled to sixth in the Western Conference standings, made a preemptive strike to prevent Evans from going to Houston. The Rockets are currently third in the West.
It’s a kind of homecoming for the 22-year-old Evans, who starred at Oklahoma State. He made seven brief appearances with Phoenix this season.
Houston was looking to fill a two-way slot after promoting Danuel House to its 15-man roster.
Evans spent a good portion of this season with Northern Arizona in the G League, posting a 15.1/3.8/5.8 line in 32 games.
The Clippers waived him in October just before the start of the regular season, although he had a guaranteed $1.378MM deal.