Twenty-eight-year-old small forward James Ennis has agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets, according to Yahoo’s Shams Charania:
Free-agent swingman James Ennis has agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Ennis’ deal with the Rockets will include a player option in the second year, league sources said.
Ennis’ deal will be worth around $4 million, per ESPN’s Ian Begley:
James Ennis' deal with the Houston Rockets is for roughly $4 million in total, league sources told ESPN. He'll have a player option in the final year of the 2-year deal, league sources confirm.
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) July 11, 2018
Ennis gives Houston some much-needed depth on the wing after the team lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.
Ennis has thus far been a journeyman throughout his four-year career, having spent time with the Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons. At 6 feet, 7 inches with a near-7-foot wingspan, Ennis has good size and can play either forward position.
Last season, Ennis played 45 games with the Grizzlies and 27 games with the Pistons, averaging 7.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game. He shot 47.4 percent from the field.
The Rockets are all about shooting, and Ennis isn’t anything special as a shooter. For his career, he’s shot 3-pointers at a 35.9-percent clip – an OK-but-not-great mark.
Ennis projects to essentially be a lesser version of Mbah a Moute on defense, although he probably brings a bit more as a shooter than Mbah a Moute did.