Looks as though Joey can officially punch his ticket to an NBA roster for the season to come - and then some after that.
As reported Sunday by the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen:
The Rockets completed one last piece of off-season business on Sunday, reaching agreement on a contract with rookie center/forward Joey Dorsey on the eve of players’ reporting for Tuesday’s start of training camp.
Dorsey is expected to sign a four-year, $3.5 million contract, with each of the last two seasons at the team’s option.
That sounds like a combination of Houston's high hopes for the youngster and, as Feigen notes, the team's desire not to go through the same type of offseason drama next year that it did with Carl Landry this time around.
Not every second round pick turns out as well as Landry did last season, but this hardly seems much of a risk for the Rockets. Dorsey is a hard-nosed player who loves to work hard, bang around and generally take care of the less glamorous tasks that constitute dirty work on the court. He should provide a helpful energy boost off the bench for the Rockets, and his size and desire may help him become a capable defender in this league. His progress over the next few years should be worth watching.