Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE
The hardest thing to do as a GM is to end an athlete’s dream of playing in the NBA. That’s’ what happened today for five players. The Houston Rockets have waived Shaun Livingston, Gary Forbes, Lazar Hayward, Jon Brockman and Jajuan Johnson. With that being said most of these guys definitely have the talent to be in the NBA. The Rockets just had too many players and needed to trim the roster.
The wild ride in Shaun Livingston’s career continues. This kid was once thought of to be the next Magic Johnson. That all changed when his leg was literally shredded on one play years ago. He’s now injury free but it still wasn’t enough to make the team. The Rockets decided to go with Toney Douglas and Scott Machado as the backup point guards. Out of all the players cut Livingston has the most talent to suceed right now. He will find a job again sooner rather than later.
Gary Forbes played great in the limited time he got in the preseason. But the fact of the matter is the Rockets have too many players in front of him, especially after the additions of James Harden and Daequan Cook. Forbes will land on his feet again somewhere. He has too much talent to be sitting at home.
Jajuan Johnson is a kid with a lot of talent. His situation is very similar to Forbes and Livingston, just too many guys in front of them to make the Rockets roster. He showed off his talents and athletic ability in the few chances he got last year with the Boston Celtics and this year in the preseason. I expect him to find a team soon and get a chance to make an impact immediately.
Jon Brockman getting cut was no surprise. I’m not sure if he’s good enough to be on an NBA roster right now. He may need to take trip to the D-League or overseas to find playing time.
Lazar Hayward was just a throw-in to complete the Harden deal. With that being said you can never have too many athletic guards. Someone will pick him up.
The Houston Rockets have cut their roster down to 15 players. It will be interesting to see what else they have planned with their rotation, who gets sent down, who else they cut and if they have anymore tricks up their sleeve. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more exciting, The Rockets shock the city of Houston one more time.