Rockets Working on Deals With Jeff Green and DeMarre Carroll

DeMarre Carroll (left) and Corey Joseph during Raptors NBA basketball press conference in 2016. Photo by Canadian Press/Shutterstock

Don’t expect Houston Rockets to use their two remaining roster spots on a center. Instead, Rockets will reportedly go all-in on their small-ball approach and sign forwards Jeff Green and DeMarre Carroll.

Green, who has been a free agent since December, will sign a 10-day contract with Rockets before committing on a full deal until the end of the season.

Carroll, on the other hand, became a free agent just recently, agreeing to a contract buyout with San Antonio Spurs on Monday. The 33-year-old will officially land in Houston once he clears waivers.

After a productive 2018/19 season with Washington Wizards, in which he averaged 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds, Jeff Green signed with Utah Jazz in the summer. His time with Jazz, however, lasted only 30 games before the team decided to cut him in an attempt to shake up their at-the-time struggling roster.  Green averaged 7.8 points while playing 18.4 minutes per game in Utah.

DeMarre Carroll, on the other hand, joined the San Antonio Spurs in a sign-and-trade deal during the offseason, signing a three-year, $20.7 million deal with the organization. However, this deal went south for both sides, as Carroll struggled to fit with the rest of the Spurs’ team. He ended up playing 15 games, in which he averaged just 9.0 minutes per game and had 2.2 points average.