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House Happy To Be Back With Rockets

After 2 months in the G League Danuel House is happy to be back in the NBA

March 15, 2019 - 10:25 am

Danuel House Jr. didn’t play in the Rockets 106-104 loss to the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night at Toyota Center, but he wasn’t far off the mind of his head coach.

“I gotta work Danuel House in,” the Rockets coach declared in his postgame press conference. “That’s another electric body.”

House rejoined the Rockets Wednesday for first time in two months after the team agreed to convert his two-way contract into a standard NBA deal, ending a stalemate that forced the 26-year old to go from the Rockets starting lineup to the Rio Grande Vipers starting-five.

“I’m really excited that we got everything done,” House said before Wednesday’s game after asking Gerald Green if he missed him.

After scoring 15 points in 35 minutes in a January 14 win over Memphis, House was re-assigned to Rio Grande Valley after he and the Rockets couldn’t come to an agreement on a new contract. A player cannot spend more than 45-days in the NBA on a two-way deal, so in order for him to remain on the NBA roster, the Rockets would have to sign him to a normal NBA deal. He turned down a 3-year deal at the league minimum, instead asking for the contract he finally signed.

“I trust my agent (Raymond Brothers),” House said. “I trust Daryl. Those two guys sat down, they had great conversations, and they made everything work.

“Business is business. Both parties respect each other, and that’s why we was able to get something done, and we happy about it.”

Under the terms of his new contract, House will be a restricted free agent this summer, and while Brothers told Fox 26 that his goal is to keep House at home in Houston that’s the furthest thing from his clients mind.

“I’m just focused on the game today and the rest of this season. I’m just trying to make sure that I give my all to the Rockets, and make sure that I perform at the highest level.”

Before being sent down, House averaged nine points in 25 games with the Rockets. He made 12 starts and shot 39 percent from behind the 3-point line. Even though House has been away from the team for close to two months he’s confident the adjustment back to the NBA will be easy.

“We run the exact same plays (in Rio Grande Valley), so I’ve actually been working on a lot of things like challenging myself on and off the court by watching film and trying to execute certain things and I think (Vipers head coach) Joseph Blair, Mahmoud (Abdelfattah), and the rest of those guys down there, they believed in me and then they put a lot of trust in me and they just gave me the keys to the car and they let me drive it.”

House played in 11 games post-demotion and averaged a hair under 21 points in 34 minutes, which includes a 39-point night February 20 against the Oklahoma City Blue, the last two coming at the buzzer when his floater won the game. He would’ve rather been in the NBA, but House says being in the G League allowed him to work on his game, focusing on one of his star teammates.

“I watched James (Harden) footage working on some of his moves, getting to the rack, especially working on the pick and roll and getting better as a ball handler, and still trying to perfect defense.”

Both D’Antoni and House were vague on what the 6’6 forward’s role on the Rockets would be going forward, but after two months in the NBA’s minor leagues Danuel House Jr is just happy to be back.