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Report: Rockets sign Tarik Black as backup center

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 08: Tarik Black #28 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives to the basket during the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on April 8, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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The Houston Rockets will start Clint Capella at center, and they have veteran Nene behind him, but he’s 34 and has had injury issues in the past.

Now the Rockets have added another strong, reliable, solid big man to the mix by signing Tarik Black. Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

Black spent the past couple of seasons with the Lakers, and gave them a little more than 16 minutes a game last season, with 5.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists a night. He doesn’t have a diverse offensive game, but he stays within himself. He’s strong on the boards, can defend in the paint, and can run the floor with the up-tempo Rockets, and maybe play a little of the Montrezl Harrell four role as needed.

It’s a good pickup by the Rockets.