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Houston Rockets: 5 Worst Free Agent Acquisitions In The Les Alexander Era

By Michael Ma
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5. Maurice Taylor

Rockets forward Maurice Taylor in a 2004 game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Mo Taylor averaged 16.8 points/5.3 rebounds and 17.1 points/6.5 rebounds in his last two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, so when he became a free agent in the summer of 2000, many teams wanted his services. He would settle for a 1-year, $2.2 million deal with the Houston Rockets, and was solid in 2000-’01 averaging 13 points and 6 rebounds. Les Alexander and Carroll Dawson thought he was more than solid, so they gave him a 6-year, $48 million contract to stay in Houston.

Right after that, Taylor injured his Achilles Tendon in a pick-up game in Michigan, and missed the entire ’01-’02 season. When he came back the following season, he was a shell of his former self, averaging just 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in ’02-’03. He had a solid season in ’03-’04, averaging 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds, but the Rockets were fortunate enough to find a suitor to take his lucrative contract.

The New Yorks Knicks agreed to take Taylor in February of 2005, in exchange for another broken-down hooptie in Vin Baker, and Moochie Norris.