Rockets reach out to Jameer Nelson in light of Chris Paul injury
The Houston Rockets have put veteran free agent Jameer Nelson in their crosshairs after he cleared waivers earlier today after being waived by the Denver Nuggets prior to their season-opener against the Jazz, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
The team reached out to the 13-year pro shortly after concerns surfaced for Chris Paul’s lingering knee injury, which has already ruled him out for today’s matchup.
Houston currently has a 15th spot available and could sign Nelson without the need of making any further roster moves. The Rockets estimate to be without their prized free agent guard for a two-to-four-week stretch and have made calls to several free agents following this looming concern.
Paul first suffered the injury during preseason, knocking knees with Mario Chalmers of the Memphis Grizzlies — injury which has lasted until the team’s season-opener against the Golden State Warriors.
The 6-foot dime maestro did not play in the fourth quarter of his debut with his new team, instead sitting in the sidelines as his team notched a last-minute 122-121 win to open the season.
The Rockets could opt to go with last year’s “points guard” in James Harden at the point, moving Eric Gordon to the starting lineup, as they did for stretches last season, or they could opt for Bobby Brown for the time being until a signing is made.
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