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Report: Rockets sign Joey Dorsey to back up Dwight Howard


After losing Chandler Parsons, Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, the Rockets must rebuild their depth.

Signing Trevor Ariza, who will replace Parsons in the lineup, was the biggest step.

On a smaller scale, Houston has replaced Asik.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Free agent Joey Dorsey has agreed to a two-year, $2 million deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Dorsey, a 6-foot-9, 275-pound center, will play a backup role to All-Star Dwight Howard.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Dorsey will likely be lower maintenance than Asik, who resented losing his starting spot to Howard. And he’s certainly much cheaper.

However, it’s unlikely the 30-year-old can impact games like Asik.

Playing with Derrick Rose at the University of Memphis, Dorsey impressed with his toughness, energy and athleticism. Drafted No. 33 in 2008, he was acquired in a draft-night trade by the Rockets. He spent a season and a half in Houston before going to the Kings and Raptors.

He hasn’t played in the NBA since 2011, though, as his focus rarely met the necessary levels. Daryl Morey should probably be searching for contingencies rather than relying on Dorsey to hold a role in the rotation.

But if Dorsey somehow regains the attitude that made him so fun at Memphis, Houston might have a steal. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com:

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.