HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Free agent guard Michael Carter-Williams, who played this past season with the Charlotte Hornets, is thrilled to have reached an agreement on a one-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
"It’s a great moment," Carter-Williams said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. I get to play on a team that’s a contender for a championship. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for myself, and I just really want to go in there and just help the team any way I can.
"I wanted to go to a place that was competing in the playoffs and for championships. I’m glad to be here. I’m thankful that I’m able to, and it definitely was an easy decision for me."
Carter-Williams's one-year deal is for the veteran’s minimum, $1,757,429, a source confirms.
He said he hopes to bring the Rockets "anything I can for us to win, whether that’s energy, whether that’s defense, whether that’s knocking down shots, anything I can do to help the team win.
"That’s what I’m all about."
A first-round pick by Philadelphia in 2013, eleventh overall, Carter-Williams has played five years in the NBA.
With the Hornets last season, Carter-Williams played in 52 games, starting two, and averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 assists.
He was limited last season by knee and shoulder injuries.
Carter-Williams best season came when he was the NBA Rookie of the Year in Philadelphia, and averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.2 rebounds.
He is looking forward to playing with James Harden and Chris Paul.
"I’m excited," Carter-Williams said. "They are two great players in this league. James, obviously is the MVP. I just can’t wait to learn from them, and help be a part of their success.
He offered a message to Rockets fans.
"I’d love to let them know that every time I step on the floor I’m going to give it my all. I’m going to do the little things out there, do anything for the team to win. That’s my plan and that’s what I’d tell Houston fans."
Carter-Williams has also played with the Bucks and the Bulls.