Oct 15, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; Houston Rockets guard Scott Machado (14) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Rockets 123-104. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Just about a month after the Houston Rockets cut Scott Machado to make room for Patrick Beverley, their NBA D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers have signed the young point guard from Iona.
The only logical reason I can come up with for the Rockets cutting him and then signing him back to the Vipers is because just days after he was cut all the non-guaranteed contracts would then become guaranteed. He was signed in the offseason to a three-year non-guaranteed contract.
Machado didn’t do much to impress Houston in his 6 appearances with the team, but he also never got a legitimate shot. He averaged just 1 point and 1 assist in 3.5 minutes a game.
With that being said he did show flashes with the Vipers. In four games he averaged 15 points, 5.8 assists, 4 rebounds and 1 steal in 33 minutes a game. He did shoot just 38% from the field and turned the ball over 4.5 times a game, but you couldn’t look passed his talent.
Machado is not NBA ready just yet, but he is on his way. It’s no secret that the Rockets like him as well as other teams. One of these days he will get a legitimate shot, just not anytime soon.