The Houston Rockets are bringing in D-League forward Alexander Johnson for a tryout this week and are expected to sign Johnson for the rest of the season, according to sources close to the situation.
Barring a workout snag, Johnson's deal would likely include a non-guaranteed team option for next season as well, meaning he'd have the chance to play for the Rockets' summer-league team and the opportunity to make Houston's roster in training camp next October.
Johnson was drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 45th overall pick in the 2006 NBA draft and has played parts of two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat. He was named D-League Player of the Month for March after the 6-foot-9 forward averaged 24.5 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the floor in 11 games last month for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
If the Rockets go ahead with the signing as expected, Johnson will be in line to become the third D-Leaguer this week to receive a non-guaranteed contract for next season in addition to a rest-of-season deal. Denver (Brian Butch) and Miami (Kenny Hasbrouck) have also reached agreements on similar signings.
Eight recent D-League call-ups have already secured rest-of-season contracts that include team options for next season: Houston's Mike Harris, Golden State's Reggie Williams, Chicago's Chris Richard, Sundiata Gaines and Othyus Jeffers in Utah and the San Antonio trio of Curtis Jerrells, Garrett Temple and Alonzo Gee.