The Houston Rockets are doubling down on small ball and planning to use their two remaining roster openings on 33-year-old forwards DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green, league sources told ESPN.
Green, a free agent, plans to sign with the Rockets on Tuesday, league sources told ESPN. He will sign a 10-day contract with the team, giving him a chance to become comfortable with the fit before committing to a deal for the rest of the season, sources said.
Carroll agreed to a contract buyout with the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, his agent, Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports, told ESPN. Carroll will sign with the Rockets upon clearing waivers, league sources told ESPN.
The Rockets traded center Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks at the trade deadline, acquiring forward Robert Covington. Houston is preparing for the postseason with one of the smallest rosters the league has seen in years.
Carroll joined the Spurs on a three-year contract this summer as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards, but he never found traction in the Spurs’ lineup. The contract buyout with the Spurs included negotiations on guaranteed money of $2.3 million for the rest of this season, $6.65 million in 2020-2021 and $1.35 million in 2021-22.
The Jazz waived Green in late December after signing him to a one-year free-agent deal in July. He averaged 7.8 points and 2.7 rebounds in 30 games.
Green has career averages of 13 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while playing for eight franchises. Green was a teammate of Rockets stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook when they began their careers with the Oklahoma City Thunder.