By Joshua Reese
Summer league standout Troy Williams has agreed to a three-year contract to return back the Houston Rockets.
Last season Williams proved he can be a valuable member of the team when called upon, in six games at the end of the year he started three times, averaging 9.7 points and 4 rebounds.
Williams came to the Rockets after being waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, a source at the time shared that the team really liked him and did not want to lose him, but the need for a point guard became too great and they were forced to move on.
The ultra athletic wing in his short time with the Rockets wowed people with his high energy, defense, and dunks.
In the summer league, Williams proved he was more than worthy of bringing back to the team, scoring 22 points a game (3rd most in the league).
With the signing, the Rockets depth chart is filling up, recently adding P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute, it does seem like Williams like last season could be deep depth again.
Mike D’Antoni only plays around 9-10 guys a game, Williams will have a tough time cracking the team’s rotation this season, with high-quality veterans ahead of him.
Could Williams signing, actually be a key to a deal with the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony?
The Knicks have stated publicly that they are in rebuild mode, and they are trying to get younger.
They have balked at the addition of Ryan Anderson as a straight up swap, but maybe including a young and intriguing talent like Williams could be something interesting to the Knicks.
Most normal summer signings are not allowed to be traded until December 15 so this deal would have to be completed after the season started. However, depending on the contract Williams does receive he might be able to get moved immediately via (http://www.basketballinsiders.com/too-early-for-many-nba-players-to-be-traded).
Of course, when this trade ultimately happens, the Rockets would still need to sweeten the deal with a draft pick or getting another team involved, but Williams would be on a cheap contract and he has proved he is someone that can play.
The Knicks are in need of some rotation players with upside and Williams would certainly be that.
However, if Williams did stay on the Rockets, he would provide a very good insurance policy if the team ran into any injuries through the season, he can play anywhere from shooting guard to a small ball four.
Signing Williams is a good move for the Rockets, whether is on the team or as a potential trade chip, he is a swiss army knife with a lot of uses.
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