In the wake of losing starting center Clint Capela to a thumb injury, a gaping hole was blown into the front court of the Houston Rockets. They have relatively quickly filled that gap, with the reported acquisition of Kenneth Faried. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter, Faried will has agreed to a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will sign with the Houston Rockets.
Brooklyn's Kenneth Faried has agreed to a contract buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, clearing the way for him to sign a free agent deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN. Faried expected to be waived on Saturday and clear on Monday.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 19, 2019
Faried is owed $13.76 million this season, but will only cost Houston a fraction of that after the buyout. The 29-year-old big is only averaging 9.8 minutes per game with the Nets, having been relegated to the bench in favor of younger players. That will not be in the case in Houston.
The Rockets are expecting to be without Capela until after the All-Star Break, sometime in the middle of February. The tenacious Faried will share minutes with fellow big man Nene Hilario.