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.