Shams Charania of The Vertical has reported that Tarik Black will sign a deal with the Rockets. Black was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on July 1st.
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 is a familiar face for the Rockets. He appeared in 25 games for them during the 2014-15 season, averaging 4.2 PPG and 5.1 RPG. Although only for a short time, Harden and Blatt had built up a bit of chemistry in lob situations. Black is aggressive on the glass and runs the court well for a big. He brings toughness to the Rockets, which is always a good characteristic for the team.
For now, Black will likely be the 3rd string big on the depth chart, behind Clint Capela and Nene. There is still opportunity for him to see minutes, though. Nene is 34 years old and it has already been established he will take nights off during the regular season. That opens up the floor for Black to see playing time and produce when needed. The Rockets are deep at the center position.
Black is only 25 years old, so there is still room for him to improve. This move was mainly about adding depth to the center position. Black would likely see consistent minutes for a below-average team right now. But, to bring someone back who is already familiar with how things are run will make the transition easier for the Rockets and Black.