Houston Rockets: Will Release Dexter Pittman, Could Bring In Josh Powell

By Michael Ma

April 22, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman (45) and power forward Udonis Haslem (40) against the Houston Rockets at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

After signing with the Houston Rockets on Thursday, Dexter Pittman’s stint could be over before it began. According to Marc Berman of Fox 26 News, the Rockets are expected to release the former Texas Longhorn.

Center Dexter Pittman, signed by the Rockets on Thursday, is expected to be released by Houston according to NBA sources.

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) April 13, 2014

Pittman was signed for the remainder of the season, and would have been eligible to play in the postseason, but didn’t show up to Toyota Center Saturday night for the Rockets game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Reports out of The Philippines are that Rockets will sign Josh Powell. Pittman’s stay could be over before began. Not at game last night.

— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) April 13, 2014

Greg Smith, who has been unable to recover from a knee injury, was waived to clear room for Pittman.

Now it looks the Rockets are searching for another alternative in the form of veteran Josh Powell. A 6’9 forward/center, the 31-year-old Powell hasn’t played in an NBA game since the 2010-2011 season with the Los Angeles Lakers.