Rockets sign Edwards, Clark, release Jackson

The Rockets have signed Vince Edwards, their second-round pick out of Purdue.

The Houston Rockets have signed second-round draft pick Vince Edwards and undrafted rookie Gary Clark, according to a team press release.

In a corresponding move, the Rockets released guard Aaron Jackson, whom they signed at the end of last season.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Edwards out of Purdue averaged 14.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 31.6 minutes in 35 games (all starts) for the Boilermakers last season, shooting 47.6 percent from the field, including 39.8 percent from the 3-point line.

Clark, a 6-8 forward out of Cincinnati, averaged 12.9 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocked shots last season as a senior for the Bearcats, shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from deep.

The 32-year-old Jackson played in one game for the Rockets last April and saw little time in the team’s long playoff run that ended with a Game 7 loss to eventual repeat champion Golden State. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports Jackson is expected to pursue a new deal in China.