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After a brief stint with the Boston Celtics, former Franklin High School basketball standout Garrison Mathews has found another new team. 

The Houston Rockets announced that they claimed the Lipscomb grad off waivers and converted his deal to a two-way contract. They waived former Vermont forward Anthony Lamb to make room on the roster.

Mathews will flip between the Rockets and the the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston's G-League affiliate.

The former Admiral spent two years with the Washington Wizards where he played in 64 games, including 24 starts in 2020. 

Last season, Mathews averaged 5.5 points per game and shot 40.9% from the field and 38.4% from 3 -- his longtime specialty. He also averaged 16.2 minutes per game. He had nine games with double-digit points.

Mathews' best game last year came in a Jan. 9 loss to the Miami Heat, where he hit 4 of 7 shots from 3-point range, made 6 of 7 free throws and scored 22 points. It was just the second 20-point game of his career and it was the second-highest scoring output he's had in the NBA. 

He will reunite with former Washington Wizards teammate John Wall in Houston and will join a group of guards that also features Eric Gordon, 2021 second-overall pick Jalen Green, D.J. Augustine, Kevin Porter, David Nwaba, Daishen Nix, Danuel House, Josh Christopher and Armoni Brooks.

The Rockets went 17-55 in 2020 under second-year head coach Stephen Silas -- a former assistant with the Dallas Mavericks.

The Rockets will open the season Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. 

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