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Tim Ohlbrecht Signs with the Houston Rockets

Time for a quick followup to my educated speculation over the weekend ¬†about free agent center Tim Ohlbrecht. The big man reportedly turned down a 10-day contract with the C’s last week in a Sportando report, despite not having any NBA experience, leaving most people wondering…why would he do that?

Now we have our answer though, as the Rockets have announced they have signed the D-Leaguer for the reminder of the season. The contract, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, also has team options for the next two years as well for the league minimums, another savvy move by Rockets GM Darryl Morey of controlling costs.

So it pretty much played out like I thought it would. C’s wanted to give Ohlbrecht a shot, but weren’t willing to sacrifice a roster for the rest of the season to do so. With such a fragile roster situation, the C’s decided that it wasn’t worth the risk to give him one of the spot the rest of the way. Unfortunately, the Rockets swooped in with a better offer and that was that.

Will this cautiousness come back to bite Danny Ainge?

In all likelihood, it’s too early to say. The team is still waiting on the buyout market to unfold and perhaps more players from overseas to become available. If they land another guy better than Ohlbrecht, it was a savvy move by Ainge. If Ohlbrecht looks good with the Rockets and the C’s come up empty on helpful bigs, well that will be a tough one to swallow. Either way, we should have a verdict soon enough. If D.J. White looks good, everyone will probably forget about that this Ohlbrecht guy even existed.

  • kg215

    Damn if Morey signed him we may have made a mistake not giving him the full year. DJ White might be the better player but he is only 6-9. It would help out KG and our defense so much if we had a legit 7 footer to back him up or even play with him. I am fully aware most 7 footers that aren't stiffs are hard to get, hopefully DJ White is good enough that he makes up for being undersized. Also hope DJ White is truly 6-9 and not "6-9." Undersized players tend to lie about their height all the time, and mess with the whole with shoes/without shoes thing.

  • Andrew

    My guess is that this will end up being a missed opportunity by Danny. I'd be surprised if there were any waivered bigs that could help us. Morey also got team options at the min salary, that's big if he produces. Imagine if we'd done that with Steimsma.

  • The Cardinal

    I doubt that Timmy O would have been anything but added depth in case of foul trouble or injury. When filling out a late season roster, it's got to be a better bet to sign guys who actually played a while in the NBA over guys who haven't. Houston needed a big body for depth, and because they have better overall front line rotation players than Boston, they actually can take the chance to try to develop Tim over the summer.

    Could a miracle happen with a former D-Leaguer? Sure…but that's more likely to occur (if ever) after a stint in training camp. I always read about Doc and players acknowledging just how fast the NBA game is, and it was evident at times with Greg Steimsma last year as it has been evident with Fab Melo this year that former D-League bigs are constantly a step slow.

    It's no secret that all things being equal, a guy who has actually played a couple of seasons (especially a big with actual floor time) and gone through a couple of NBA camps will have better reaction times than a D-Leaguer would.

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