Rockets Sign Thabo Sefolosha

SEPTEMBER 23: The Rockets have officially signed Sefolosha, per a tweet from GM Daryl Morey.

SEPTEMBER 20: Thabo Sefolosha will sign with the Rockets, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times. The veteran swingman is participating in a mini-camp with Houston players and other unsigned veterans this week in Las Vegas.

Sefolosha’s contract will be fully guaranteed, tweets Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic, who adds that the 35-year-old had an impressive performance at Houston’s mini-camp.

Sefolosha spent the past two seasons in Utah, where injuries limited him to a combined 88 games. He appeared in 50 games last season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in about 12 minutes per night. He has also played for the Bulls, Thunder and Hawks during his 13 years in the NBA.

The defensive specialist has plenty of ties to the Rockets organization, notes Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). He was a former teammate of James Harden and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, and coach Mike D’Antoni was hoping to bring him to Phoenix in the 2006 draft.

Sefolosha will sign for one year at the veteran’s minimum, according to Feigen (Twitter link). With just 10 guaranteed contracts heading into training camp, the Rockets have been looking for veteran help to fill out their roster.

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8 thoughts on “Rockets Sign Thabo Sefolosha

  1. Archie M.

    If he can stay healthy & serviceable for majority of the season, this would be a small BUT SIGNIFICANT acquisition for the Rockets. Thabo can certainly provide 10-12 quality minutes off the bench.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      He gives them another option coming off the bench. When they need someone to score they will go with Gerald Green, and when they need a good defender on the floor they can put in Sefolosha.

  2. Archie M.

    Reunion in Houston of players of OKC In the NBA Finals vs Miami. Harden-Westbrook-Sefolosha.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Harden was Sefolosha’s backup 7 years ago, now it’s reversed.

  3. formerlyz

    I like this for them, as they needed the wing help defensively. Ultimately though, it comes down to how they play. Everyone watching Harden dribble jsnt conducive to playoff success, and only works in the regular season b/c of the amount of fts he gets to cancel out his inefficiency

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