Rockets sign Tim Ohlbrecht to 3-year deal

2/26/13 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Tim Ohlbrecht left quite a few people perplexed when he turned down a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics last week. With no prior NBA experience, it looked as if Tim Ohlbrecht gave up on a rare opportunity to impress elite teams and won’t get a better offer from anyone else. But Tim Ohlbrecht saw another offer coming his way, a multi-year contract from the Houston Rockets.
The Houston Rockets have a glaring need at center, after shipping off starting power forward Patrick Patterson and reserve center Cole Aldrich to the Sacramento Kings last week and Thomas Robinson as well as swingman Francisco Garcia in return. Second-year center Donatas Motiejunas just started receiving increased minutes after scoring double digits in the two of the Houston Rockets’ last four games, and is now set for his first career start on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Tim Ohlbrecht had been leading the D-League in field goal percentage (60.5 percent), while averaging 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game this season. Tim Ohlbrecht started all but three games (meaning 29 starts) for the Houston Rockets D-League affiliates Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the 2012-13 season.
The 24-year-old Tim Ohlbrecht signed onto a three-year contract with the Houston Rockets. The first year (the remainder of current season) is completely guaranteed, while the last two seasons are a league minimum with team option. Tim Ohlbrecht took the Houston Rockets’ deal since the guaranteed money for the rest of the season seems like a more enticing offer than the Boston Celtics’ 10-day contract.
It is an intelligent move by Houston Rockets’ general manager Darryl Morey, who signed Tim Ohlbrecht to the only open roster spot without breaking the team’s bank. The Houston Rockets can give Tim Ohlbrecht the opportunity to make a career in the NBA, while the team still retains future flexibility. If Tim Ohlbrecht has a breakout season, the Houston Rockets could still retain him for the next two seasons on the league minimum.
While Tim Ohlbrecht isn’t immediately expected to step up for major minutes, having him under contract still provides insurance while the deal carries no major drawbacks for the Houston Rockets.
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