Every notable Houston Rockets free-agent signing, by year
The Houston Rockets have made a bevy of transactions in franchise history, whether it be through trades, the draft or free agency.
For this piece, we take a look at the notable free-agent signings the Rockets have made since becoming an NBA club.
October 1, 1987
The Rockets signed World B. Free as a free agent. He averaged 6.4 points and 1.0 assists during his lone season in Houston and final year in the NBA.
October 20, 2006
Houston inked Bonzi Wells, who averaged 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 79 games with the franchise.
July 20, 2007
Steve Francis was a star with the Rockets earlier in his career. However, the player Houston got in 2007 wasn’t the same guy.
Stevie Franchise averaged 5.5 points and 3.0 assists in 10 games during the 2007-08 campaign before calling it a career.
July 8, 2009
The Rockets added Trevor Ariza, who just won a title with the Los Angeles Lakers. The swingman averaged 14.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists during the 2009-10 season.
December 12, 2011
Linsanity didn’t carry over to Houston. Jeremy Lin got paid by the Rockets, but he didn’t have much success. He averaged 13.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 153 games.
January 7, 2013
Patrick Beverley signed as a free agent with the Rockets, and the rest is history. The Chicago native averaged 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 291 games with Houston. He’s one of the best undrafted players in the NBA today.
July 13, 2013
The Rockets signed Dwight Howard in the summer of 2013, stealing him away from the Lakers. Superman averaged 16.0 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 183 games with the franchise.
Unfortunately, Howard’s relationship with James Harden soured and he left the team in the summer of 2016.
July 9, 2016
Eric Gordon joined the Rockets and has found a home in Houston. He has averaged 16.5 points over 246 games with the franchise. He also won the 2017 Sixth Man of the Year Award.
July 6, 2017
The Rockets signed P.J. Tucker away from the Toronto Raptors. The rugged defender has put up 6.8 points, 6.0 boards and 1.2 assists in 228 games with Houston. He’s one of the most popular players on the team.
August 13, 2018
Carmelo Anthony finally joined the Rockets, but it was a little too late this time around.
Melo wasn’t the same Anthony who almost signed with Houston in 2014. He played in just 10 games with the team and was eventually exiled and traded.
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