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Report: Rockets signing Gerald Green

Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 23: Gerald Green #14 of the Phoenix Suns puts up a shot against the Houston Rockets during the second half of the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 23, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rockets defeated the Suns 113-111. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Rockets small forward Trevor Ariza has played more than 40 minutes the last six games, the longest such streak this season or last.

Ariza’s primary backup, Luc Mbah a Moute, is injured. So is Chris Paul, preventing Houston from using three-guard lineups with Paul, James Harden and Eric Gordon.

So, the Rockets are finally getting Ariza outside relief – Gerald Green.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The 31-year-old Green is probably a still a high-flyer, but he has also developed into a solid 3-point shooter. If he focuses on his limited role and defends with effort, he can help his hometown Rockets.

Unless Green exceeds expectations, Houston will probably waive him by Jan. 7. Otherwise, his salary – like everyone league-wide – would become fully guaranteed. If they waive him, the Rockets could still sign him to 10-day contracts.