Rockets Add Depth to Roster with Signings
Rockets Sign Smith, Dorsey, Adrien
HOUSTON – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed guard Ish Smith (pictured left), center Joey Dorsey (middle), and forward Jeff Adrien (right).
Smith (6-0, 174, Wake Forest), who spent last season with Phoenix, averaged 3.7 points and 1.8 rebounds in 70 games played in the 2013-14 season. Over his four year NBA career, Smith has averaged 2.9 points and 1.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. He was undrafted out of Wake Forest in the 2010 NBA Draft, signing with the Rockets on August 23, 2010. Smith also spent time with the Rockets D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Dorsey (6-9, 275, Memphis) spent last season overseas playing for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB, where he won the 2013-14 Spanish National Championship. He averaged 5.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. During the 2012-13 season, Dorsey played for Royal Hali Gaziantep in the Turkish League and was named the MVP of the Turkish All-Star Game. In 2012, Dorsey played for Olympiacos Piraues in Greece and won the Euroleague Championship. Before going overseas, Dorsey averaged 2.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games with Houston, Sacramento and Toronto. The Portland Trailblazers picked Dorsey with the 33rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and traded his rights to Houston.
Adrien (6-7, 245, Connecticut), who spent last season with Charlotte and Milwaukee, averaged 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in 53 games played in the 2013-14 season. Adrien is coming off the best season of his NBA career, averaging 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in 28 games with Milwaukee and posting a career-high 21 points (4/4 Milwaukee at Chicago) and 17 rebounds (4/9 Milwaukee versus Indiana). Over his four year NBA career, Adrien has averaged 4.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game. Adrien was a part of the Rockets organization during the 2011-12 season, signing with the team on December 21, 2011. He also played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers during the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons and was named NBA D-League Impact Player of the Year in 2011.