After signing a one year, $3.29 million deal with the Houston Rockets last offseason, Tarik Black is set to become a free agent and is looking for more playing time.
Black was a good role player when he got the opportunity, but was buried on the depth chart most of the time.
The former Kansas Jayhawk appeared in 51 games this past season, averaging 3.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in just a little over ten minutes per game.
Most of the year, he was behind Clint Capela and Nene. Furthermore, most of the time, head coach Mike D’Antoni would decide to throw Ryan Anderson in at center to go with a small lineup.
According to Black’s agent Mike Lelchitski, he enjoyed his time with the Rockets but is looking for more playing time this upcoming season.
“[Black has] loved being back in Houston,” his agent, Mike Lelchitski, told Kelly Iko of Rockets Wire. “Obviously, he would like the opportunity to help the team more on the court. He’s also looking forward to hearing what other opportunities will be available to him.”
The Rockets had a crowded frontcourt, and it could even get more crowded next season. The Rockets have already said they want to bring Clint Capela, and chances are high they will also try to bring back Nene. They also have Chinese big man Zhou Qi who they would like to get into the rotation at some point soon. It sure seems that all signs point to Black taking his wares somewhere else to find more playing time.