The Rockets are finalizing the fringes of their roster prior to opening night, and one undrafted rookie has already made the cut.
Houston converted point guard Chris Clemons' Exhibit 10 contract to a two-way deal on Thursday, with the expectation he begins the season on Houston's opening night roster, per The Athletic's Tony Jones. Clemons can spend up to 45 days on Houston's NBA roster throughout the 2019-20 season. The Rockets can also award Clemons a standard contract, which they did with Gary Clark last season.
Clemons could add some scoring punch in limited minutes despite standing just 5'9". The Campbell product led the NCAA in 2018-19 with 30.1 points per game last season while launching 11.8 threes per game, the most in college basketball. He should have little trouble acclimating in Houston.
NBA's Newest Maker
Houston signed 21-year-old center Matur Maker on Thursday, the team confirmed. Maker signed an Exhibit 10 contract, and will likely spend 2019-20 with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the G League.
Maker went undrafted in June. The 6'10" forward spent the past two seasons playing internationally, joining Slovenia's KK Zlatorog Lasko in 2018-19 after a brief stint with Union Neuchatel in Switzerland.
Maker's older brother Thon currently plays for the Pistons, while the younger Makur is currently filing to be eligible for the 2020 NBA draft. Makur Maker is currently the No. 5 recruit in the class of 2020, per 247Sports. Perhaps all three Maker brothers will rise to the NBA in 2020-21.
Blossomgame, Frazier Victims of Roster Crunch
Houston's crowded roster resulted in the waiving of Jaron Blossomgame and guard Michael Frazier on Thursday, as first reported by The Athletic's Kelly Iko. Houston does not hold Blossomgame's G League rights.
Frazier is eligible to return to RGV in 2019-20. He shined Bert Ogden Arena last season, earning G League Most Improved Player honors after averaging 16.9 points per game. Frazier has missed all of the preseason with an ankle injury and is expected to begin the year with the Vipers if he isn't signed by another NBA team.