Houston Rockets: The Terrence Jones reboot might be an extended one

Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) /

The Houston Rockets have reportedly signed Terrence Jones to a 10-day contract. It’s time to talk about why this reboot could be longer than specified.

Houston Rockets fans — life is all about fresh starts as well as new beginnings but what about paths crossing on roads already traveled?

That’s what’s currently taking place with the Houston Rockets quickly solving their minute roster problem.  The franchise was the only team in the Association that was under the 14-player minimum roster requirement.

The Houston Rockets had to get that number up to 14 somehow and they were able to sign former 2012 first-round franchise draftee Terrence Jones to the roster along with guard Chris Chiozza.  Both will get their start with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and it’s anyone’s guess what happens next during the course of the next 10 days.

Since it appears that the Houston Rockets have not made much progress in coming to an agreement with Danuel House, Jones has a legitimate shot and making this roster for the rest of the season.

They’re going to let him get his feet wet with the Vipers while he learns the system but if things get dire — and they might — he might actually be promoted and be able to get some quality minutes for this team.

This team is so desperately trying to find a replacement for House, it’s not even funny.  I’d wish

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they’d just get it over with and agree to terms but it’s struggle — a struggle of principles — and neither House’s side nor the Houston Rockets side will budge.

Jones, 27, who has been out of the league since the 2016-17 season, is currently averaging 23.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.7 assists with the G League Erie Bayhawks.

Those numbers are hard to pass up and it goes to show that Jones still has a lot left in the tank to give any given team and this second stint with the Rockets could be pivotal to the re-ignition of his pro career.

He’s become a better three-point shooter and had been averaging 1.4 makes and 3.6 attempts for a 37.9 percent clip for the Bayhawks this season.

His defensive rating — one of his better hallmarks — is at a sterling 104.7 per 100 possessions so it’s hard not to pass up on such an opportunity for Jones to help this team.

They’ll work him in slowly but I do think — outside of whomever they target among the buyout candidates — Jones will eventually be signed for the rest of the season.

Let’s just hope that no freaky injuries — remember that malady to his eyelid back in 2015? — happen just in case they need him.

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I’m kind of semi-excited about this news and you should be too.

Time to wait and see.