The Houston Rockets have announced that they have waived guard Scott Machado. This move comes a couple of days after the Rockets signed guard Patrick Beverly to a 3-year contract.
An undrafted rookie free agent from Iona, Machado signed a partially guaranteed contract this past summer. He had already received the amount of his first-season salary that had been guaranteed, with the rest of the season to be guaranteed this week. Monday was the deadline to place him on waivers before the remainder of this season’s contract would be guaranteed.
Machado only appeared in 6 games for the Rockets this season, all in garbage time, while serving a couple of stints in the D-League in between. After leading the NCAA in assists in his senior season, Machado was impressive in Summer League, training camp, and the pre-season with the Rockets, ultimately beating out veteran point guard Shaun Livingston for a roster spot.
Beverly began playing professionally in Europe in 2008 after deciding to leave the University of Arkansas after his sophomore season. After being drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009, Beverly decided to stay in Europe.
Beverly had been playing in Russia this season with Spartak. He received FIBA clearance and began practicing with the Rockets on Monday.