The Rockets can finally start making some moves.
The team has signed second-year forward K.J. McDaniels to a three-year, $10 million deal. McDaniels confirmed on Twitter that he’s back with Houston.
But I'm too happy and too blessed and thankful to be back apart of #RedNation
— K.J (@KJMcDaniels) July 19, 2015
The Rockets were waiting on McDaniels, a restricted free agent, before spending any of their mid-level exception, a decision that may or may not have played a role in costing them Josh Smith.
Signing McDaniels directly also helps the Rockets. Had McDaniels signed an offer sheet and the Rockets matched, they would not have been able to trade him without his consent for a year. Going this route, McDaniels is more valuable as a trade asset to the Rockets.
That may be significant considering how McDaniels didn’t play much at all for the Rockets last season and, on paper, he would seem to be behind even another three in rookie Sam Dekker. McDaniels showed some real value in Philly last season as he has some insane athleticism and defensive potential, but needs to work on his shooting (28.7% from three last year).
Look for the Rockets to sign rookie power forward Montrezl Harrell, who looked good in Summer League, soon.