Houston Rockets’ guard Troy Daniels went from nobody to hero when he drilled a three-pointer (that wound up being the game-winner) to break a 116-116 tie with 11 seconds to play in game 3 of the Rockets’ first round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
He followed that up by scoring 17 points in game 4.
The Rockets certainly lucked out in signing Daniels because they were not the only team interested the former VCU star.
According to Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic all had interest in signing Daniels before he inked his deal with the Rockets.
While the Bulls, Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic were all interested in Daniels in February, the Rockets needed offense after waiving the seldom-used Ronnie Brewer. Daniels is currently signed to a prorated minimum of $158,588, per Spotrac.com, and he has a contract for next season with a non-guaranteed clause that ceases on Jan. 6.
According to Zwerling,his agent, John Spencer also had to convince to pass up more money in Australia to play in the D-League and get noticed by NBA scouts.
Daniels played in just five games during the regular season.