After converting Garrison Mathews, Rockets add Trevelin Queen to two-way deal

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After waiving Danuel House Jr. and using the open standard roster spot on Garrison Mathews, the Rockets are poised use the two-way slot that had belonged to Mathews to sign 24-year-old guard Trevelin Queen. Queen is expected to join the Rockets in Detroit for Saturday’s game, with Houston short on available bodies thanks to a wave of injuries.

Queen had been playing in the NBA G League for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston’s G League affiliate. The news of Queen joining the parent NBA club was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The terms of a two-way deal will limit Queen to a maximum of 50 games with the Rockets, but with the 2021-22 season only having 53 games left for Houston, that’s not a real hindrance moving forward.

After going undrafted in 2020 out of New Mexico State, Queen caught on with the Rockets on a training camp deal and played with the Vipers over the last two G League seasons. In 10 games to start the 2021-22 campaign, Queen averaged 22.0 points (46.5% FG, 32.5% on 3-pointers), 6.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.9 steals in 32.6 minutes for the Vipers.

Queen also turned heads in 2021 Las Vegas Summer League play with the roster of the Los Angeles Lakers. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 13.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.0 steals in 19.0 minutes per game, with shooting clips of 48.0% from the field and 53.8% on 3-pointers.

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