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Rockets Sign Armoni Brooks to Two-Way Contract

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POSTED: April 3, 2021 -- 9:28 p.m. CT

The Houston Rockets today announced they have signed free agent guard Armoni Brooks to a two-way contract.

Brooks (6'3", 195) was eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft following his junior season at the University of Houston. Brooks spent 2019-20 with the College Park Skyhawks in the G League before being acquired this season by the Rockets affiliate, Rio Grande Valley.

In 15 games for the Vipers, Brooks averaged 16.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.07 steals. He led the G League in 3-pointers made (57) while averaging 3.8 on 37.5% shooting. Over his final two collegiate seasons with the Cougars, Brooks averaged 2.8 3-pointers made on 40.2% shooting.

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In related moves, the Rockets waived guard Ben McLemore and center Justin Patton.

McLemore was in his second season with Houston. In 103 games with 27 starts as a Rocket, he averaged 9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.3 3-pointers made on 38.2% shooting.

Patton signed a two-way contract with Houston on February 19 and appeared in 13 games with six starts, averaging 5.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.08 blocks.

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Two-way contracts allow NBA teams to carry two extra players in addition to the 15 on their regular season roster. These players typically spend most of their time with the club's G League affiliate, but remain under team control and cannot be signed by other NBA franchises.

This season, players signed to Two-Way Contracts are paid one salary for their time in both leagues. Only players with three or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.

During the shortened 2020-21 season, two-way deals are slightly different than: rather than being limited to spending 45 days with their NBA teams, two-way players will be eligible to be active for up to 50 of their team's 72 NBA games. And instead of having their salaries based on how many days they spend in the NBA, players signed to Two-Way Contracts will receive flat salaries of $449,155.

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