Rockets Sign Former Lottery Pick

The Houston Rockets are bringing in some center depth for their roster, landing a former lottery pick in Willie Cauley-Stein.

It's a one-year deal for the 7-footer, who spent last season split between the Dallas Mavericks and the Philadelphia 76ers. Cauley-Stein spent his first four (and best four) years in the league with the Sacramento Kings, where he averaged 10 points and 6.4 rebounds as a rotation player. 

He's bounced around a bit since then, however, with his minutes significantly reduced the past couple of years. 

Now 28 years old, he was the No. 6 overall pick by the Kings in the 2015 NBA Draft.  

As noted, the Rockets are at the full 20-player roster limit, so someone will need to be waived. This shouldn't be an issue, as not all of the three players they received from Dallas in the Christian Wood trade are expected to be on the squad. One or more of Marquese ChrissTrey BurkeSterling Brown, and Boban Marjanovic will be cut. 

Cauley-Stein will likely compete with the likes of Bruno Fernando and possibly Marjanovic for backup center minutes. 

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