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The Houston Rockets are finalizing a three-year deal with center Isaiah Hartenstein, first reported by Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston.
According to NBA sources the Rockets will sign 7-foot center Isaiah Hartenstein today. Played for Vipers in G League last season.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) July 25, 2018
According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, Houston will use a small portion of its mid-level exception to finish the agreement with Hartenstein.
Hartenstein will sign today, source said. Will be a three-year deal so Rockets dipping into some of that MLE money available. https://t.co/VWad4oZ2F5
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) July 25, 2018
A 7-foot, 249-pounder out of Oregon, Hartenstein was selected with the 43rd overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Rockets and then went on to play with Lithuanian club Zalgiris Kaunas, helping it to win a seventh consecutive Lithuanian Basketball Club championship.
Last season, he played for Houston’s G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, and averaged 9.5 points, 6.6 boards and 1.1 blocked shots in 38 games.
Hartenstein played four games for Houston’s entry in the Las Vegas Summer League earlier this month and averaged 10.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 rejections.
He will be the second draft-and-stash player to sign with an NBA team this month, the first being Jonah Bolden with the Philadelphia 76ers.