Newest signee Terrence Jones teases Rockets fans
After three years, Terrence Jones is returning to the organization that drafted him.
Jones, whom the Houston Rockets selected with the 18th pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, was recently signed to a 10-day contract, which allowed the team to reach the minimum of 14 roster players as required by league rule.
Jones took to Twitter on Sunday morning in anticipation of his return to Houston:
— Terrence Jones (@TerrenceJones1) February 24, 2019
The former Kentucky product had established himself as a starter for the Rockets in just his second year, averaging 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds to go along with 1.3 blocks at the power forward spot.
Injuries began to derail Jones’ career though. Over the next three seasons, he would only average around 52 games per season as nagging shoulder injuries began to take their toll.
However, Terrence Jones experienced somewhat of a basketball renaissance in the G League:
The Rockets are signing power forward Terrence Jones to a 10-day deal, sources told ESPN. Jones, 27, a former Rockets first-round pick, has been out of the NBA since 2016-17. He’s been dominant in the G League this season, averaging 23.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 22, 2019
Although he does not necessarily possess the ability to stretch the floor and shoot the three akin to much of Houston’s team identity, he provides a lengthy and athletic presence and has excellent vision.
The Rockets have resorted to plenty of small-ball looks this season, even starting P.J. Tucker and James Ennis at power forward and center, respectively.
Houston, nonetheless, has made some subtle moves to add some size to their frontcourt, first signing Kenneth Faried in January and now bringing in Jones for depth.
Jones is the second player from the G League that the Rockets have signed to a 10-day contract, following guard Chris Chiozza.
Aside from staying under the luxury tax, it is clear that general manager Daryl Morey is finding different personnel to expand Houston’s roster flexibility and versatility.