NBA 2020-21: It has been a tough NBA offseason for the Houston Rockets. They are facing a new challenge in keeping James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta promoted general manager Rafael Stone and recently hired head coach Stephen Silas. Nonetheless, the concerns stated by Harden and Westbrook that Houston’s window as a contender could be shutting down has left the organization fearful about the duo’s future.
New additions to the Houston Rockets:
The Houston Rockets announced they have re-signed forward Bruno Caboclo in addition to signing a trio of free agents in guard Sterling Brown, guard Mason Jones, and forward Jae’Sean Tate. Jones was signed to a two-way contract.
Caboclo was originally acquired by Houston via trade from Memphis on Feb. 6, 2020, and appeared in eight games for the Rockets over the remainder of the season. The Brazilian native was the 20th overall pick by Toronto in the 2014 NBA Draft.
He has appeared in 99 career games. In 2018-19, Caboclo averaged career-highs of 8.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for the Grizzlies.
Brown was the 46th overall pick by Philadelphia in the 2017 NBA Draft before his rights were traded to Milwaukee.
He played 20-plus minutes (rounded) 40 times over the past two seasons while averaging 9.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.4 3-pointers made in those games.
Jones was an early entry candidate for the 2020 NBA Draft following his junior season at Arkansas.
He was named the 2019-20 SEC Co-Player of the Year by media and led the nation in both free throws made (233) and attempted (282) while finishing eighth in scoring (22.0 ppg).
Tate (6-4, 230) was eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft following his senior season at Ohio State.
He spent last season with the Sydney Kings of the Australian National Basketball League and helped the team reach the Finals while earning All-NBL First Team honors.
In 2018-19, Tate played for the Antwerp Giants in the Belgian Pro Basketball League and was selected as one of the five best offensive players.