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Report: Rockets sign Joey Dorsey to back up Dwight Howard

Jul 15, 2014, 12:49 PM EDT

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After losing Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, the Rockets must rebuild their depth.

Signing Trevor Ariza, who will replace Parsons in the lineup, was the biggest step.

On a smaller scale, Houston has replaced Asik.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free agent Joey Dorsey has agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Dorsey, a 6-foot-9, 275-pound center, will play a backup role to All-Star Dwight Howard.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Dorsey will likely be lower maintenance than Asik, who resented losing his starting spot to Howard. And he’s certainly much cheaper.

However, it’s unlikely the 30-year-old can impact games like Asik.

Playing with Derrick Rose at the University of Memphis, Dorsey impressed with his toughness, energy and athleticism. Drafted No. 33 in 2008, he was acquired in a draft-night trade by the Rockets. He spent a season and a half in Houston before going to the Kings and Raptors.

He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011, though, as his focus rarely met the necessary levels. Daryl Morey should probably be searching for contingencies rather than relying on Dorsey to hold a role in the rotation.

But if Dorsey somehow regains the attitude that made him so fun at Memphis, Houston might have a steal. Gary Parrish of

  1. shanelsweet - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    It just keeps getting funnier how Houston has no choice but to sign guys like this now to play with H & H. When’s the GM coming out with a good punchline, er statement, for this joke.

    And by the way, is this the sort of player for $2M that CA just helped the Knicks afford to get sometime down the road? That amount of money sure doesn’t buy much.

  2. dafmediaproductions - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Great pick up!

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:27 PM

    Really couldn’t have gotten anyone better for just as cheap this early in free agency??

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Anyone, what’s the best site to go to that tracks free agents available and signed?

    • bkbell3 - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      00maltliquor, Go to They have a free agent tracker section and a very good salary section that is east to read and follow.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        Thank you! I’ll give it a looksee. All the other sites have been garbage or difficult to find (, looking at you!)

      • bkbell3 - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:25 PM

        I’ve heard that is good for salary and stats. never been on it but i will check it out.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM was great, but they took it down about a year or so ago.

  5. soopreme - Jul 15, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Joey Dorsey is a beast down low.
    I was advocating that the Heat should have picked him up last year.

    • iammr713 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:45 PM

      Define “Down Low”

      • soopreme - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        Down low means activity that is close to the basket, the big boys area.
        being physical, fighting for position, rebounding, blocking shots.
        Is that clear?

  6. mnsadsportsfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Losing Jeremy Lin is not really a loss.

  7. iammr713 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    I’m crying laughing at Morey😂😂😂😂😂.. & he said their in a better position to win a championship now. HOW SWAY? Joey Dorsey of all ppl? I guess they didn’t learn the 1st time with him either. Go ahead & bring Luther Head back as well!

  8. rajbais - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    For the “title bound” Rockets????

    Nice going Daryl Morey!!!

  9. mackcarrington - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Genius move!


  10. genericcommenter - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    It’s a good off-season for marginal players. 2 years guaranteed near the minimum is a lot better deal than trying out for the 15th man spot and getting $0 if you lose out.

  11. dlitting - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Finally Joey Dorsey can make good on his NCAA finals boast that he’s better than Greg Oden

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