Dante Exum won another NBA coup with Houston after the Aussie goalie played a key role in the Boomers’ historic Olympic bronze medal.
Injuries meant that the fifth pick in the 2014 Draft never really thrived in the NBA’s seven seasons.
The 26-year-old was traded to Cleveland after six seasons in Utah and then never played for the Rockets after being transferred there as part of the James Harden deal last season.
Exum embarked on the Boomers’ campaign in Tokyo and showed what NBA teams were lacking, a reliable three-point shot, a dynamic transition offense and huge defensive plays garnering attention as they won the team’s first Olympic medal.
Houston has created a space for Exum, who will arrive as a more experienced member of a young nucleus including Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr, former Sydney Kings importer Jae’Sean Tate and Christian Wood.
The deal for Exum follows Boomers forward Jock Landale’s signing with San Antonio, while Patty Mills sealed the Spurs move to join Kevin Durant at title contenders Brooklyn.