Needing to add guard depth, the Houston Rockets have signed journeyman Andrew Goudelock.
David Pick reported Goudelock's deal with the Rockets is guaranteed for the rest of this season. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reported Friday that despite the Rockets not announcing the deal yet, Goudelock had a physical and there's no issue with FIBA clearance.
The Rockets have been busy changing their roster for the stretch run. On Tuesday, they agreed to a buyout with Ty Lawson, who appeared in 53 games this season after being traded from the Denver Nuggets.
The 27-year-old Goudelock played with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association before signing with the Rockets. He averaged 22.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 35 games as the Flying Tigers went 30-8 during the regular season.
Pick pointed out that Goudelock's ability to shoot from three-point range should serve him well with the Rockets:
Goudelock headed to Houston for physical. He should be fine - shot 41.6% deep in China.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) March 2, 2016
Goudelock does have previous NBA experience. He played 41 games for the Los Angeles Lakers over two seasons from 2011-12. His best run came in his first year, when he averaged 4.4 points in 40 games off the bench and appeared in four playoff games against Denver.
The Rockets have struggled this season after winning 110 games combined the previous two seasons. They are still in the playoff mix as the No. 8 seed, but a 29-31 record isn't inspiring confidence that this bunch will make a deep run.
Goudelock does give the Rockets another guard option behind Patrick Beverley and James Harden. He may not see significant time, but if he's able to make any kind of impression given how low his salary is, the Rockets will likely look to bring him back in an expanded role next season.