The Houston Rockets will not pick up their fourth year team option on guard Tyler Ennis according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes. If the team does not pick up the option, Ennis will become a free agent at the end of the season.
The Rockets originally acquired Ennis from the Milwaukee Bucks in September in exchange for forward Michael Beasley.
Through three games this season, the veteran guard has shot only 14.3 percent from the field. He has averaged three assists per game in only 12 minutes per night, however. For his career, he has averaged four points and 2.3 assists per contest. The Phoenix Suns originally drafted him 18th overall in 2014 after only one season at Syracuse, where he averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 assists per game.
The aforementioned news doesn’t come as much of a surprise given that there were reports during preseason that the Rockets planned to waive Ennis. He ended up making the team to serve as a backup guard while Patrick Beverley continues to miss time with a knee injury. Upon his return, it doesn’t seem that Ennis will have much of a role on the team.
Ennis played in 46 outings for the Bucks last season and averaged 4.5 points and 2.1 assists per game. Going forward, he will likely need to develop an outside shot to find a spot in teams’ rotations. He has shot less than 30 percent on three-point attempts thus far in his professional career.
After losing their first game of the season to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Rockets have won back-to-back games against the Dallas Mavericks to improve to 2-1 under new head coach Mike D’Antoni.