Free agent center Nene Hilario agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. The contract is worth $2.9 million.
I am honored to become part of the Houston Family!! Thank you for the opportunity and LETS GO ROCKETS!!!
— Nene Hilario (@NeneHilario42) July 6, 2016
Nene, 33, spent the past four-and-a-half seasons with the Washington Wizards, where various injuries prevented him from playing more than 67 games. Last season, Nene averaged 9.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per 19.2 minutes over 57 games. He missed 19 games with a strained left calf.
With Dwight Howard gone, the Rockets needed to add depth at the center position. Clint Capela is expected to start next season, and Nene will likely fill in as the second or third option in the rotation.