Rockets GM Daryl Morey reacts to Jeff Green addition
Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was a busy man on Monday, acquiring the services of solid veterans Jeff Green and DeMarre Caroll.
The 47-year-old NBA executive was particularly pleased with picking up the 33-year-old Green, who was waived by the Washington Wizards last month.
“Jeff is a very versatile player. Can play big, can guard on the perimeter, athletic, somebody that can hit 3s. We love his versatility and feel he can fit right in with what we’re trying to do,” Daryl Morey said, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
In 30 appearances for the Wizards this season, Green averaged 7.8 points while shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from deep in 18.4 minutes per game.
The 6-foot-8 forward was a dependable player for head coach Scott Brooks, but he did not fit Washington’s current vision of developing their young guys.
The Rockets, meanwhile, have fully embraced playing small ball. They opted not to sign any traditional centers since dealing Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks over the deadline.
The unorthodox method seems to bode well for Houston, as they won six of their last 10 games before the All-Star break. The Rockets are currently fifth in the Western Conference standings with a 34-20 slate.
Jeff Green and DeMarre Caroll, meanwhile, have been around the league for quite some time and will instantly fit into coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense.
The pair possesses the size and quickness to still be effective on defense while stretching the floor on the other end with their proficiency from deep. They will likely play minutes at the four and five positions and allow PJ Tucker and Robert Covington to take a breather in some stretches.
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