The 21-year-old power forward will get an opportunity to develop into an NBA product alongside a rebuilding Rockets team featuring Christian Wood and Danuel House in the front court.
Here's a look at how the roster looks with Hurt's addition.
Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report
Player: Matthew Hurt
Pro Comparison: T.J. Leaf
Scouting Report: Though Hurt lacks quickness and strength, he's a terrific shot-maker and shooter with a release point that's difficult to contest.
John Wall, PG: $42.8M (2023)
Eric Gordon, SG: $18.9M (2024)
Christian Wood, PF: $13.7M (2023)
Jalen Green, SG: $7.5M (projected first-year salary, per RealGM)
D.J. Augustin, PG: $7M (2023)
Avery Bradley, PG: $5.9M (Team option)
Danuel House, SF: $3.7M (2022)
Alperen Sengun, C: $2.7M (projected first-year sa)
Kevin Porter Jr., SG: $1.6M (2023)
Jae'Sean Tate, SF: $1.5M (2023)
Kenyon Martin Jr., SF: $1.4M (2024)
Khyri Thomas, SG: $1.3M (2024)
Matthew Hurt, PF:
Kelly Olynyk, PF: UFA
Dante Exum, PG: UFA
DJ Wilson, PF: RFA
Sterling Brown, SG: UFA
David Nwaba, SG: UFA
Cam Reynolds, F: RFA
Cameron Oliver, PF: RFA
Anthony Lamb, SF: RFA
Armoni Brooks, SG: RFA
Hurt had a nondescript freshman season upon joining the Blue Devils in 2019. But, with Vernon Carey Jr., Tre Jones and Cassius Stanley moving on to the NBA, the Minnesota native had to pick up more of the slack offensively and became the team's leading scorer in 2020-21.
Duke as a whole had a year to forget as it finished 13-11 and missed the NCAA tournament. That poor record wasn't through any fault of Hurt, though.
The 6'9" forward averaged 18.3 points and 6.2 rebounds. He also shot 55.6 percent from the floor and 44.4 percent from beyond the arc.
The 21-year-old capped off his sophomore campaign by being named the ACC's Most Improved Player and getting first-team all-conference honors.