HOUSTON – This has been a week to savor for Cameron Reynolds.
First, the rookie agreed to a contract that will keep him on the Wolves after his second 10-day deal expires, and second, Reynolds got to play Sunday night in front of about 30 friends and family in his hometown of Houston.
Third, he didn’t even have to buy that many tickets, he said.
“I really have good friends and so they bought their tickets,” Reynolds said. “Whenever I signed the second 10-day I had like five messages saying, ‘I already bought my tickets to the Houston game.’ I have some really good friends.”
Reynolds said Sunday that the multi-year deal he agreed to includes the rest of this year and the next two. He made the most of his opportunity with the Wolves after starting the season in the Kings organization. He played 33 games with their G-League affiliate in Stockton, Calif., before the Wolves signed him to his first 10-day deal after the All-Star break. With his second 10-day deal nearing an end, the Wolves had to make a decision on Reynolds, and decided they’d like to keep him around.
The Wolves did not speak about the specifics of Reynolds’ deal because it’s not official yet, but interim coach Ryan Saunders said he has liked what he has seen from Reynolds, who has become a part of the bench rotation, averaging 14.8 minutes the past five games.
“I like that he’s confident,” Saunders said of the 6-8, 225-pound wing. “I like that he’s a guy who’s long and he can guard multiple positions as well …
“A lot of teams are built now with guys that can switch the two, three, four [positions] even sometimes on to point guards too and that’s something you can always find value in. And when a guy is able to shoot the ball the way we feel Cam can moving forward, we obviously like his upside.”
Reynolds said he tried not to put too much pressure on himself Sunday.
“I wake up every day in a dream,” he said. “Just being able to play in the NBA is a blessing. I can’t really explain how happy I am to be here, but also I just want to stay here and find a way to stick in the NBA. I’m just trying to work hard so I can stick.”
Derrick Rose missed his third consecutive game because of right elbow soreness while Jeff Teague also missed the game because of left foot soreness. Teague was back in Minnesota to have his foot evaluated.
The Rockets’ James Harden was questionable because of a cervical strain but started and scored 20 points.
Jones makes start
With Rose and Teague out, Tyus Jones made his 11th start, going scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting with four rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes.
That’s as many games as Jones started last season. Saunders said he notices a different mind-set in Jones when he starts. As a starter this season, Jones is shooting 46.5 percent, 8.4 percent better than he does a reserve.
“You can say that about a number of players. Starting sometimes they’re more aggressive,” Saunders said. “One, because they know they’re going to get the minutes and then two, because they know that’s what’s needed from them to start games.”