KEY POINTS

  • Danuel House is set to earn $3.5 million this season
  • He is contracted until 2022
  • House was ejected from the Orlando Bubble over protocol violations

Danuel House, Houston Rockets’ small forward, has earned just $885,000 in his first three seasons in the NBA. With the way he played in the semifinals series against the Los Angeles Lakers, he could have been in a larger payday soon, but things started to spiral down for him recently.

House has come under fire for violating NBA bubble in Orlando. Reports surfaced that he allowed a COVID-19 official into his hotel room. Under strict health protocols, such incident is not allowed by the NBA. And as such, House was meted with suspension but the extent of the penalty has not yet been revealed. According to Yahoo! Sports, he did not play in Game 3 of their Western semifinal series against the Lakers, further compounding the problems of the Rockets at that time. The series were even with one game apiece when House was barred from playing and his absence affected the team. The Rockets eventually lost the series, 4-1.

Houston Rockets OKC Thunder James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets blocks a shot by Luguentz Dort #5 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the third quarter in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at the Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 29, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

House is set to earn $3.5 million this season and his contract will run until the 2021-2022 season. 

The NBA is serious in implementing the safety protocols even if it means sanctioning players, coaches or team staff if found guilty of violations. Los Angeles Clippers star Lou Williams was caught visiting a strip club while in Orlando. The combo guard claimed he just had dinner at his favorite restaurant.  

On the other hand, House comes off the bench for Houston and provides defense and outside shooting. His absence in the rotation, affected the team’s defensive tactics. His output has been steadily climbing over the years. For the 2019-2020 season, the small forward is averaging 10.5 points per game, a stark contrast to his 6.6 points per game average when he was still with the Phoenix Suns in 2017-2018 season, a report from ESPN revealed. 

He stepped up his production in the playoffs with 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. The loss of the Rockets meant the search for the elusive ring for James Harden and Russell Westbrook continues. Head coach Mike D’Antoni decided to become a free agent while the roster for next season remains uncertain. 

The Rockets adapted the small ball philosophy and used it to maximize the talents of their two former league MVPs. At some point, the system worked especially during the regular season. Houston even won game 1 against the Lakers in their series but eventually, the size of the Lakers and their defense proved to be too big for the small ball Rockets to overcome.