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Report: Rockets sign Carlos Delfino to two-year deal

Aug 13, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

Milwaukee Bucks' Carlos Delfino reacts after making a three point basket against the Boston Celtics during the first half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Reuters

The Rockets successfully filled their “underrated Argentinian player who drives opposing fans insane and seems to score way more than he should be capable of” gap left vacant when they waived Luis Scola using the amnesty clause.

The Houston Chronicle reports the Rockets have signed Carlos Delfino to a two-year deal, with a team option on the second year.

Delfino shot 36% from the arc last year for Milwaukee, and shot what felt like 80% in the Olympics for Argentina this summer. He’s athletic enough to make some plays in transition, and understands how to space the floor. He gives the Rockets a weird wing counter-balance to all the combo-forwards they have and seems a little redundant with Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb.

Which could mean somebody’s getting moved.

But for now, it’s another nice roster completion move for the Rockets, but they have so many guys on roster, something’s got to give. Delfino should help space the floor for Jeremy Lin. Here’s a fun lineup. Jeremy Lin, Carlos Delfino, Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, Omer Asik. How weird. Is that.

The Rockets have 21 players on roster. So as always, we have no real idea what in God’s name the Rockets are doing.

  1. jimeejohnson - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    Delfino’s showed in the Olympics that he’s a second tier guy. Even still, a second tier guy in the NBA is one of the best basketball players in the world.

  2. timb12 - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    No one in Houston knows what they’re doing either.

  3. rocketsbb - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Hooray one more forward for the rockets

  4. dylude - Aug 14, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    It’s. It hard to figure out what the Rockets are doing if you cover them but Houston isn’t LA or NY and doesn’t have a superstar so the lack of knowledge is understandable.

    You sign Carlos Delfino at a contract that weeks ago he balked at as too low, with a 2nd year team option so you know the contract is a great asset. Also, you sign this guy to start and then back up for Jeremy Lamb once Kevin Martin is moved.

    Kevin Martin is a $12 mil expiring that can score and make any playoff contender better. This signing signals the end of Kevin Martin in Houston.

    Simple enough to figure out. Cheap versatile contract to replace $12 mil expiring. Jeremy Lamb is the future at the 2, Delfino helps that transition and Morey got him at a great price.

  5. theboysofdallas - Aug 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Good signing did u see what he did in the Olympics hes pretty good

  6. shaft1234 - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Good move for the rockets . They need a proven scorer to the lineup. A good mixture with the rookies. Can”t wait to see how the team works out. Best of luck, Houston rockets

  7. atahualpaoxford - Aug 14, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    He got to the Olympics after rehab…then flew to Europe because his wife was going to give birth, he was unsigned and there was a problem with insurance for him…almost with no practice got into an exhibition game in Spain…and got 20 or more points…

    Now with the “golden generation” guys out of the argentinian basketball team, it will be on his shoulders and Scola’s to provide leadership for the new guys coming in…

    Bounced around a lot of teams in the NBA…wonder why he doesn’t stick….great player (a personal favorite)…when he’s on, he can put a bunch of points on the board in a hurry…sometimes deadly from the 3’s…

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