The Houston Rockets and R.J. Hunter have agreed to a two-way deal, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
R.J. Hunter was a first-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in the 2015 NBA Draft. He played in 36 games before being waived. He was picked up by the Chicago Bulls, only to be waived as well.
Since then, the guard has been playing with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, the G League affiliate of the Rockets. He has been averaging 19 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists with the Vipers. He is also shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 36.9 from beyond the arc.
When you look at those numbers, you can say that they are pretty good. But one question still remains: Will they translate into the highly competitive scene in the NBA?
Also, it’s important to point out that it’s the Houston Rockets we’re talking about here — a team that has James Harden, Chris Paul and Gerald Green.
Hunter may see little to no playing time with the Rockets because of the abundance of serviceable guards, and there’s also the doubt of coming into the NBA unestablished.
But this is not a bad signing at all and there is no down sides. The Rockets get extra depth in the guard position and Hunter will do everything he can to prove his worth as an NBA player.
If Hunter does, the Rockets may be persuaded enough to sign a better contract with him.
The Rockets will have 22 days to decide whether to keep Hunter in their NBA roster or send him back to their G League affiliate.