Rockets Rumors: Troy Williams Won't Be Released Before Joe Johnson Signing

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 3: Troy Williams #5 of the Houston Rockets warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on February 3, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Houston Rockets reportedly will keep guard Troy Williams even though the team must clear a roster spot to sign Joe Johnson, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania.

Charania originally reported the Rockets planned to release Williams in a since-deleted tweet.

Johnson, who was waived by the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, is expected to formally sign a contract with the Rockets on Tuesday or Wednesday, per the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen

Williams, 23, averaged 1.3 points across four appearances for the Rockets this season. 

His heaviest action came in the G League, where he lit it up to the tune of 19.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. 

Johnson will join the Rockets after he was shipped to the Kings as part of a three-way deadline deal with the Utah Jazz and Cleveland Cavaliers

The 36-year-old should provide an immediate boost to Houston's bench, which ranks 24th in the NBA in scoring at 29.8 points per game. 

Now in his 17th season, Johnson is averaging 7.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game while shooting 42.0 percent from the field and 27.4 percent from three-point range. 

Those figures are rather inefficient by Johnson's standards since he's a 37.2 percent three-point shooter for his career, but they stand to balloon in Mike D'Antoni's uptempo system that affords marksmen plenty of space to let fly. 

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