Rockets Sign Ponds, Clemons, McDowell-White To Exhibit 10 Deals

The Rockets have signed undrafted free agents Shamorie Ponds, Chris Clemons, and William McDowell-White to Exhibit 10 contracts, tweets Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. The three agreements were reported shortly after last month’s draft.

A 6’1″ guard out of St. John’s, Ponds averaged 19.7 PPG, 5.1 APG, 4.1 RPG, and an impressive 2.6 SPG in 33 games during his junior year before declaring for the draft as an early entrant.

Clemons, a 5’9″ Campbell guard, was the nation’s leading scorer in 2018/19, averaging 30.0 PPG on .448/.357/.869 shooting.

McDowell-White was also draft-eligible this season after spending the last several years playing for teams in Australia and Germany. Having began his career with the Sydney Kings, the Australian combo guard spent a season and a half with German club Brose Bamberg, leaving the team earlier this year to prepare for the 2019 draft.

All three players are on Houston’s Summer League roster and appear on track to join the team for training camp in the fall. Assuming they don’t make the Rockets’ regular season roster, they could end up playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston’s G League affiliate.

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3 thoughts on “Rockets Sign Ponds, Clemons, McDowell-White To Exhibit 10 Deals

  1. realistnotsucker

    Hello Luke can you explain the difference between exhibit 10 vs a two way deal

    • Luke Adams

      An Exhibit 10 is a one-year, non-guaranteed minimum-salary contract than can be converted into a two-way deal. Players who sign Exhibit 10 contracts can also get a bonus (usually $50K) if they’re waived before the season but end up playing for the team’s G League affiliate.

      We have a full explainer on Exhibit 10 deals here: link to hoopsrumors.com

      And one on two-way deals here: link to hoopsrumors.com

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