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Matthew Hurt Signs With the Houston Rockets

Former Duke star will be spending some time in the G-League

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Duke Boston College
Mar 9, 2021; Greensboro, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Matthew Hurt (21) drives to the basket against Boston College Eagles forward James Karnik (33) during the second half in the first round of the 2021 ACC men’s basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. 
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Looks like Matthew Hurt is now officially a Houston Rocket: the team signed Hurt to a two-way contract, which means that he’ll spend most of his time with the G-League affiliate and also some time with the Rockets.

We haven't seen any details on the contract as of yet and probably won’t.

The thing about a two-way is that if you do well you can work your way to a full-time spot and given Houston’s woes last year, when they finished an awful 17-55, they’re going to need a lot of help so Hurt has a good chance of sticking.

Houston picked up Jalen Green, Alperen Sengun, Usman Garuba and Josh Christopher in this summer’s draft and all of them except for perhaps Christopher are going to compete with Hurt for minutes.

But we’re pretty sure that none of them are better shooters. He has to improve the rest of his game but shooting is something that you either know how to do or you don’t. Guys like former Duke star Chip Engelland, currently a shooting coach with the San Antonio Spurs, can help you get better, but it’s just a knack and some guys are better at it than others. We’re guessing that Hurt is probably the best in that group and that’s what he’ll hang his hat on.