Rockets Sign Gerald Green To One-Year Deal

DECEMBER 1: The signing is official, according to a team press release.

NOVEMBER 30: The Rockets and Houston native Gerald Green have agreed to a one-year deal, reports ESPN’s Tim MacMahon of ESPN (Twitter link).

According to MacMahon, it’ll be a non-guaranteed contract worth the veteran’s minimum, with Houston giving Green a chance to earn a regular season roster spot. If he makes the team, he’ll earn $2.56MM while the Rockets will carry a cap hit of $1.62MM.

Green, who said last week that he hoped to re-sign with the Rockets, missed the entire 2019/20 season due to a broken foot. He began the ’19/20 campaign with Houston, but didn’t suit up for any games – having undergone foot surgery last October – before he was eventually traded and waived in February.

A July report indicated that Green has since recovered from that procedure and received medical clearance, but decided not to seek a new deal until 2020/21 for family reasons, including the expected birth of his child in August.

The Rockets currently only have nine players on fully guaranteed contracts, though DeMarcus Cousins, Bruno Caboclo, and Jae’Sean Tate are also strong candidates to make the team. That would leave three spots for Green, Chris Clemons, and Kenyon Martin Jr. However, if the hard-capped Rockets only carry 14 players to start the regular season, one of those players would presumably be the odd man out.

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8 thoughts on “Rockets Sign Gerald Green To One-Year Deal

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Chris Clemons should be the odd man out there (assuming they only keep 14 players) which gives them a bit more space under the hard cap, plus a slightly smaller tax bill next summer. Green will be competing with both David Nwaba and Sterling Brown for a spot in the rotation.

    Now that Mike “8-man rotation” D’Antoni is no longer around, Stephen Silas can use a more sensible 9 or 10-man rotation which will help keep the starters from wearing down before the playoffs. And the team already addressed its greatest weakness in scrapping the micro-ball experiment by adding centers Christian Wood and Boogie Cousins.

    • Lakers1

      Yeah Christian wood is your savior.. cut from Chinese team and been with 5 nba teams in 5 years.. but he played well for a bad team in limited starts

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        Wood is still going to be a better addition than anyone LA got.

        Harrell was exposed in the playoffs as an awful defender, that’s why he always comes off the bench. Gasol is 12 years older than he when the Lakers traded him to Memphis, he’ll be 36 soon just like LeBron. The two of them hardly constitute an upgrade over Howard and McGee.

        Schroder may be a slight upgrade over Rondo, but isn’t giving the team a Big 3 to go with their two star players. Their best signing was probably Wes Matthews who’s a better shooter than Green and his defense will help the team after losing a lot of their best defenders (Bradley, Green, and Howard).

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      They call him and Danuel House the Green-House effect when they’re playing.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Gerald Green is going to really like the Rockets new alternate jerseys.

      They’re supposed to be columbia blue like the Oilers used to wear.

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