1-on-1 with James Anderson
The Rockets made it official shortly before Wednesday shootaround that they have signed guard/forward James Anderson.
Anderson attended shootaround on Monday, but could not play that night against the Hawks because his deal hadn't yet been finalized.
Anderson actually started the season with the Rockets' D-League affiliate at Rio Grande Valley before being signed in late November by the Spurs, the team that originally drafted him from Oklahoma State. One month later, about a week before Christmas, the Spurs released him, but Anderson didn't stay unemployed long before the Rockets picked him up.
Kevin McHale has cited defense as the biggest thing Anderson can bring to this Rockets squad.
"He's a good diligent defender," McHale said. "I think he's a guy who really knows how to play."
"I think I can bring a defensive mindset to the wing," he said. "I can come out and defend. I mean, they (the Rockets) already put up a lot of points, so that's not my biggest worry, but I can get out and run with the team and help score on that end, but that's not my main focus. My main focus is to come in and defend the wing."
With the signing of Anderson, the Rockets released Daequan Cook. Cook had been acquired right before the regular season along with James Harden, Cole Aldrich, and Lazar Hayward for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks, and a second-round draft pick.