The Los Angeles Lakers acquired guard Houston Rocket’s Tyler Ennis before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets have acquired Marcelo Huertas, but reportedly they will waive him.
This is pretty simple from the Lakers – they gave up a veteran point guard for a young one. The 22-year-old Ennis is joining his fourth team in three seasons, but he also still has a potential as a floor general – especially if becoming a consistent 3-point shooter. Los Angeles is rebuilding and just traded guard Lou Williams to Houston, so there will be backcourt minutes available for coach Luke Walton to see what Ennis can actually do.
In September, the Rockets initially acquired Ennis from Milwaukee Bucks, but he did not manage to carve out a niche for himself. Ennis probably was not going to play another in Houston this season, with Williams joining Patrick Beverley, James Harden, and Eric Gordon. It was more valuable to the Rockets for saving money and creating a roster spot, as they try to add their team again on the buyout market.