Restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels has signed a new deal with the Houston Rockets:
Source: K.J. McDaniels signed a 3 year deal worth $10 million with the Houston Rockets. Player option for 3rd year.
— Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky) July 19, 2015
McDaniels and his agent soon confirmed the news, although the deal doesn’t actually have a player option:
But I'm too happy and too blessed and thankful to be back apart of #RedNation
— KJ (@KJMcDaniels) July 19, 2015
Agent Jason Martin confirms KJ McDaniels reached deal w/ #Rockets. According to NBA sources deal for 3years/$10 million. No player option
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 19, 2015
McDaniels was drafted 32nd overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2014, but he signed an unconventional contract that allowed him to become a restricted free agent this summer. A freak athlete, he showed some promise with the Sixers before he was traded to the Houston Rockets at the deadline. The 22-year-old averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game in Philadelphia.
McDaniels didn’t get much of an opportunity in Houston, appearing in just 10 regular-season games and playing 3.3 minutes per game. He didn’t play a single minute in the postseason.
We’ll see if McDaniels gets more of an opportunity in his second season. It could be tough to find minutes on the wing with Corey Brewer returning and Sam Dekker selected in the first round, but perhaps McDaniels impresses enough that he carves out a spot in the rotation.