Rockets add Tremont Waters for remainder of NBA summer league


With Jalen Green (hamstring), Armoni Brooks (health and safety protocols), and Khyri Thomas (soreness) all missing time in recent days, the Houston Rockets became much more thin in the backcourt than expected during their first week at the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League.

That’s where Tremont Waters, a second-round pick by Boston in the NBA’s 2019 draft, comes into play. Per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, the Rockets made a move Saturday to add the 5-foot-10 guard to their squad for the remaining two games of summer league.

Waters was the G League’s Rookie of the Year in 2020, averaging 18.0 points (43.0% FG, 35.9% on 3-pointers) and 7.2 assists in 33.8 minutes per game with the Maine Red Claws. Then, in 26 games with the NBA’s Celtics last season, the Louisiana State University (LSU) product averaged 3.8 points (39.5% on 3-pointers) and 2.4 assists in 9.2 minutes.

The Celtics did not issue Waters a qualifying offer after 2020-21, making him an unrestricted free agent. As a result, the final two games of Houston’s league schedule — starting Sunday versus Orlando — will give the 23-year-old an opportunity to impress potential NBA employers. And from the Rockets’ perspective, it will help fill lost minutes.

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