House and the Rockets failed to agree on a new contract Tuesday, and he will return to the G League as a result of his two-way status, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
This is a dire situation for the Rockets, who have started House in each of the past 12 games, where he's averaged 10.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 48.1 percent shooting from deep across 29.3 minutes. The nature of two-way contracts allow for only 45 days of NBA action, so he'll return to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, while the Rockets are expected to sign a wing to a 10-day contract to help fill his role. Houston also recently lost starting center Clint Capela (thumb) for what's expected to be more than a month.
House scored 15 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt) and registered four rebounds along with an assist and a steal over 36 minutes Monday against Memphis.
House has been performing above expectations of late, scoring 14 or more points in each of his previous three contests and doing so with efficiency. He continues to do damage from beyond the arc, knocking down three or more threes across that brief span. House does rely on his 3-point shot for the majority of his scoring, so his production could go down in a hurry if he falls into a slump.
House generated 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt), two assists and one rebound across 30 minutes Sunday in the Rockets' 116-109 loss to the Magic.
That's back-to-back 14-point outings for House, who had offered just 16 points combined over the preceding three contests. As a player who attempts the majority of his shots from beyond the arc, House's scoring could remain somewhat volatile, but he's at least been afforded a decent window of opportunity. House has played no fewer than 25 minutes since Dec. 20 and should regularly clear that mark so long as both Eric Gordon (knee) and Chris Paul (hamstring) are sidelined.
House chipped in 17 points (3-5 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 9-9 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal across 39 minutes during the Rockets' 135-134 overtime win over the Warriors on Thursday.
House drew the start again at small forward despite James Ennis' availability, as coach Mike D'Antoni opted to have the latter come off the bench in his return from a 10-game absence due to a hamstring issue. House parlayed the opportunity into his third straight double-digit scoring effort, with his final line significantly buoyed by a perfect showing from the charity stripe on a season-high number of visits. House has provided solid complementary production while logging at least 25 minutes in six straight games overall, serving as an efficient shooter, including from distance. It remains to be seen if Ennis will remain on the second unit for the time being while D'Antoni rides the hot hand with House.
House will remain in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Golden State.
Despite the return of James Ennis from a hamstring injury, House will make his sixth straight start at small forward. With Ennis being monitored closely given his lengthy absence, House could remain a part of the first until for the next couple games until Ennis gets up to speed.
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