The Houston Rockets have reached an agreement to sign free agent forward Tarik Black, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Black was released by the Los Angeles Lakers back on July 1.
Free agent forward Tarik Black has reached agreement to sign with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2017
Black’s career has reportedly returned to the place where it began after he went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Kansas (while having previously played at Memphis). He joined the Rockets summer league squad as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and went on to appear in 25 games (and make 12 starts) for the franchise as a rookie. He averaged 4.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 15.7 minutes of action per night.
But in December 2014, he was claimed off waivers by the Lakers, where he has spent the past three seasons. Last year, he appeared in a career-high 67 games (making 16 starts) with Los Angeles, averaging 5.7 points and 5.1 rebounds off the bench in just over 16 minutes of action while shooting 51.2 percent from the field overall.
Black started 39 games as a rookie between Houston and Los Angeles, before not starting a single game in 2015-16, splitting the year between Los Angeles and the D-League.
He now joins a new-look Rockets group that acquired point guard Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this summer and paid a haul to do so. The team has Ryan Anderson currently slotted in at the starting power forward spot, but has reportedly been active in attempting to get his salary off the books in order to acquire another star, such as Carmelo Anthony.
Black provides depth at the power forward position along with Ryan Kelly, who was signed earlier this offseason.