Nick Young, Terrence Jones, Luc Mbah a Moute, Corey Brewer, Raymond Felton will be at minicamp in Las Vegas
The Rockets are gearing up to explore their options for the coming season. According to reports from Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko of The Athletic, Houston has invited several players to their minicamp in Las Vegas, including Nick Young, Terrence Jones, Luc Mbah a Moute, Corey Brewer and Raymond Felton.
Source: Corey Brewer and Raymond Felton will also be at #Rockets’ minicamp too.
So Brewer and Mbah A Moute, two former Rockets, will be there. https://t.co/Gkwf1Mber1
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) September 17, 2019
At this point, it’s not clear if any of these players will make the training camp cut. Two of these minicamp invitees (Luc Mbah a Moute and Corey Brewer) have played for the Rockets in the past. NBA teams are allowed to have 20 men on their training camp rosters, but that list must be trimmed to 15 (along with a pair of two-way deals) before the start of the 2019-20 campaign.
Nick Young made four appearances with the Denver Nuggets last season, averaging 2.3 points on 33.3 percent shooting from the field. However, the team decided to waive the 34-year-old wing man in December. If the Rockets are looking for a reserve option on the wing, Young could be their man.
Luc Mbah a Moute is a player who Rockets fans have come to know quite well. In a 125-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets, the Cameroonian big man became the first player in 20 years to finish with a plus/minus rating of +57. In that game, he recorded 13 points on a perfect 5-for-5 mark from the field. Houston outscored the Nuggets 93–36 in that stretch. Sadly, though, Mbah a Moute suffered a pair of shoulder injuries, which left him out of commission.
Houston selected Terrence Jones with the 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He made several appearances with the team’s G League squad (the Rio Grande Valley Vipers), showing signs of true scoring capability. However, the Rockets ultimately decided to part ways at that time. After several other stops around the NBA landscape, Houston re-signed him to a pair of 10-day contracts in February, though he was not retained for the rest of the season.
Jones spent the 2019 season with TNT KaTropa of the Philippine Basketball Association. For his outstanding play in the league, the former Kentucky Wildcat was recognized as the PBA’s best import of the conference. He recorded multiple 40-point games in PBA play, which is likely why the Rockets are wanting a closer look.
Brewer, now 33 years of age, spent the second half of the 2018-19 campaign with the Sacramento Kings. After signing a pair of 10-day contracts with the team in February, he went on to sign a rest-of-season deal. In 24 appearances, the former No. 7 overall pick turned in averages of 4.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting (33.3 percent from beyond the arc), 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 14.7 minutes per outing.
Raymond Felton is an established veteran point guard who last played for the Oklahoma City Thunder. The former Tar Heel made 33 appearances with OKC, racking up averages of 4.3 points on 40.7 percent shooting (32.8 percent from downtown), 1.6 assists and 1.0 rebound in 11.5 minutes per contest. If the Rockets are looking for a serviceable ball handler to play a reserve role, Felton could certainly serve that position.
The Rockets finished the 2018-19 season with a 53-29 overall record, which earned the team a No. 4 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. Unfortunately, though, Houston was defeated by the Golden State Warriors in the second round, 4-2.