Contract conversion Daishen Nix adds to Houston Rockets’ young core

The Houston Rockets recently announced that they have converted rookie Daishen Nix’s two-way contract to a standard NBA contract. The move to secure Nix adds to Houston’s already impressive core of young prospects, which already includes rookies Jalen Green and Josh Christopher, and 21-year-old Kevin Porter Jr.

Nix has signed a four-year, $6 million contract, with the first two years fully guaranteed. The second two seasons will be non-guaranteed. The main distinction between this contract and others agreed by the Rockets with this same structure is that the second year in this case is guaranteed, in addition to the first year.

According to spotrac.com, the annual breakdown is as follows: $292,466 in the first year; $1.563 million in the second year; $1.836 million in the third year; and $1.988 million in the fourth year. The season one figure is the pro-rated rookie minimum for a remainder-of-season contract signed Feb. 15. The following amounts correspond to the predefined minimum amounts based on years of service, in accordance with the league’s collective bargaining rules. OK.

The Rockets presumably used what was left of their 2021-22 mid-tier exception to complete the trade, similar to how it was used earlier in the year to sign guard Armoni Brooks and pass Garrison Mathews to their respective contracts.

As part of the G League Ignite, Nix averaged 22.8 points, 7.3 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals in fifteen games played in 2021-22, in 34.8 minutes per game . He shot 50% from the floor, 40.3% on 3 (on 4.5 attempts per game).

Before the Rockets converted Nix’s contract, Rockets head coach Stephen Silas said, “[Houston Rockets general manager] Raphael [Stone] is like ‘You gotta watch this kid play.’ He is physical. He’s a leader, that’s for sure. He makes those around him better. He can go down. He shoots the ball much better than we expected or thought he could.

The Rockets seem inclined to bring Nix in slowly, given the youth block already existing in the backcourt. The addition of veteran point guard Dennis Schroder to the trade deadline – acquired in a trade with Boston – made minutes even harder to come by. Christopher, who had averaged 20.9 minutes per game in his last 32 games (after breaking the rotation) played only nine and eleven minutes respectively in the two games following the trade.

Porter is currently the starter at the moment, but he too is learning the playmaking position, with the team prioritizing his development this season. The organization can afford to take their time on Nix who is now under contract for the next four years.

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