Despite limited playing time last season, restricted free agent K.J. McDaniels is returning to the Houston Rockets on a three-year deal worth $10 million. "I had faith in myself. I felt like I belonged and did a good job proving that,” McDaniels told Houston's KRIV-TV. "I took that time I wasn't playing to just learn and be the best I can be. It's a huge honor to have them want me to stay. It means a lot.”
McDaniels, who was a second round pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2014 NBA Draft, played in only 10 games for the Rockets last season after playing 52 games for the 76ers before being traded to Houston. For his rookie year, McDaniels averaged 7.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots.
The Rockets have now re-signed two of their free agents. Point guard Patrick Beverley re-signed with a four-year $23 million deal while forward Corey Brewer re-signed with a three-year $23.4 million deal.
Josh Smith, another free agent for the Rockets, chose to join the Los Angeles Clippers earlier in the offseason. Houston also recently traded for Ty Lawson from the Denver Nuggets.
McDaniels is known as an athletic wingman and can provide help for the Rockets in the shooting guard and small forward positions.