The NBA is better with Boban Marjanovic.
Not because of his top-notch center game, even though he is a solid experienced third center, but because of the joy he brings to the arena every game. In an NBA where players can sometimes be grumpy and overly serious, Marjanovic knows he’s lucky to play the game for a living, make good money and live life. Because of this, he has a huge influence on the locker room.
That’s why the Rockets are bringing him back next season, a story told by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The connection is that Marjanovic played for the Spurs when new Rockets coach Ime Udoka was an assistant under Gregg Popovich. Udoka recognized the impact Marjanovic can have on a locker room and brought him in.
This is undoubtedly a veteran’s minimum contract. Last season, the Rockets signed Marjanovic, waived him to make room around the February trade deadline, and later re-signed him after he cleared waivers. In total, the 1.95 meter tall Marjanovic played 31 games for the Rockets.
He will be the third center on the depth chart behind Alperen Sengun and Jock Landale.